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Nursery


Week Ending Friday 23rd June 2017

This week in nursery we have watched the life cycle of a butterfly and talked about the changes from a caterpillar to the butterfly.

We have talked about how to keep safe in the sun by wearing a hat, putting on sun cream and drinking lots of water and what could happen if you do not take care of yourself. This also linked in to why we stayed inside during the very hot weather as it was too hot and the sun too strong.  A big thank you to the parents that put sun cream on their children and sent hats and water bottles in. It amazes us that there are still some children who do not have sun cream, hats and water bottles with them.

Here are a few of the photos we took when we did get out early morning when the sun was not too strong.

The children really enjoyed the cutting and sticking homework and it was lovely to see so many pieces of work. Thank you for your support. This week our homework is to see if your child can find any signs or letters when you are out and about, photograph them and post them online. Can they recognise any letters in any words on signs or the Tesco / Asda words on the supermarkets. This links into recognising environmental print and we will share your photos in class during next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Week Ending Friday 16th June 2017

This week in nursery we have been talking about safety in the sun and how to keep us safe. We have talked about wearing hats, using sun cream and drinking water. We have been reminding children to have a drink when the weather is warm, so can all children please bring a named water bottle every day. This is as well as the daily snack we have in class.

We have continued with The Very Hungry Caterpillar story and have also looked at some other stories by Eric Carle. The children have enjoyed painting pictures of butterflies or caterpillars to go on the wall. Please look out for them in class next week.

We had sweet peppers for snack a couple of days this week, despite talking about trying new foods most children were reluctant to taste them – we did cut them up and deseed them.

We have been working on scissor skills, some children are still working on how to hold them correctly so any help at home would be beneficial. Some children can cut out really well. Homework this week is to make a collage of faces / toys / flowers / transport / animals / food / tv characters – anything you can think of, by cutting out any pictures from magazines, comics, leaflets or catalogues you have at home. (Early Learning Centre do both right and left handed scissors and you can get children’s scissors in most places that sell children’s craft and art bits if you haven’t got a pair already – we suggest you keep them in a safe place at home when they are not using them!)

Please bring your creations in at some point during next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Week Ending Friday 9th June 2017

Apologies for not updating the pages last week, but due to sickness I was not in school at the end of the week.

Last week we enjoyed ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We also enjoyed looking at some photos from Abigail about the caterpillars she had had at home that turned into butterflies during the half term holiday.  Her mum had posted them on her Learning Journey so we could share them with the class. We have also had minibeasts in the small world area as well as minibeasts in the gloop (cornflour and water).

We also enjoyed ribbons and pom poms outside on a windy day.

  

Any fun activities that you do at home we love to see on your child’s Learning Journey and they can be uploaded at any time not just linked to homework activities. There will be a new homework for the weekend posted at the end of the week.

NURSERY SEPTEMBER 2017

Thank you to the parents who attended the induction meeting for nursery for next year. If you haven’t returned the forms please do so by this Friday – if forms are not returned we will assume that you no longer require a nursery place for September 2017. If you need any help or support in completing the form then please ask any of the nursery staff.

Forms for nursery for September 2017 are here nursery session form Nursery options 2017

Welcome Meeting

Dear parents, this is a reminder about the welcome meeting that will take place on Tuesday 6th June at 5.00pm. This meeting is not just for our new intake of children but for all Nursery children. We will be discussing the offer of 30 hours provision and providing parents with information about how they can claim this. Parents will also be given the opportunity to complete a preference form for the sessions they wish their child to attend. Children who currently attend Nursery will NOT automatically retain their current sessions, parents are required to complete a new form for September 2017. Therefore we strongly advise that you attend the meeting to avoid disappointment.

Week Ending Friday 26th May 2017

This week we have enjoyed ‘Ten Little Dinosaurs’ and have been doing lots of counting both forwards and backwards.

We have also been working on recognising and writing our names and encouraging a correct pencil grip if the children are ready for it.

Cookery has been continuing with making cheese twists. The concentration on the children’s faces when they were twisting the pastry was just gorgeous.

     

During the half term break, homework will be to upload up a photograph of something fun that you do at home or when out and about.

Can we ask that all children bring a named water bottle, even in this very hot weather there are children without one. Bottles are available from the office for £1.50. As the children do take off their jumpers, cardigans etc.. can you also please make sure they are named too.

Have a lovely week off and see you the following week.

Please remember school is closed to children on Thursday 8th June for the general election.

Week Ending Friday 19th May 2017

For children entering our reception class in September, please see the information and link at then end of this post.

Thank you to the nine parents who helped their child and sent in the homework. This week we will continue with the same homework as we would like more numbers that the children find. If you are having trouble logging onto the on-line learning journey then please arrange with the staff a mutually convenient time to come into school and we will endeavour to support you. Alternatively if there is enough demand we can put a parent help session on during the school day. So please let us know if you are experiencing difficulties and we will try to help you as much as possible. You will need a login from the school office and you will have to sign for it. If you have lost your login we will need to generate a new one and there is a small charge for this, so again please let the ladies in the office know.

There was great excitement earlier in the week when the children received a letter again from ‘Harry’. This time he said there were ‘dinosaur bones’ buried in our school grounds. So we set out to dig them up….

 

This week in cooking we have been making cheese twists, this is to help with their manipulation skills. The children had fun making twists this week and will continue next week as well.

Have a lovely number hunting weekend.

There is a class photo on Tuesday, if your child does not attend on a Tuesday and you would like them to be on the photographs, then please phone or ask in school on Monday for a time to come into school for the photograph – it won’t take that long.

Wrap Provision

If you need wrap around provision can we politely remind parents to book on line, we are finding an increasing number of parents are assuming that the children can stay for lunch if they are in all day. We have to ensure we have enough staff to cover for all of the children so please book in. Thank you for your support.

New Reception intake 2017 information

If your child is due to start in Reception class in September 2017 please see the link below:

Welcome to Reception 2017 Letter

Week Ending Friday 12th May 2017

We have had a fun week this week. We found some eggs on the funky finger table and when we opened them we found little dinosaurs. We have had great fun opening the eggs to take the dinosaurs in and out as well as helping to strengthen our fingers.

We have continued to look at information books and the children are getting good at saying if the book is a story or information book when we look at the front cover together. As well as finding out facts about the dinosaurs.

We have been having shape hunts with the 2D shapes this week and the children have loved finding them around our classroom. They are also amazing at telling me all about the shapes as well as naming them. We are super impressed and proud of them.

We listened to some more of the ‘Funnybones’ stories and really enjoyed the one with dinosaurs in. So we decided to make our own dinosaur skeletons using black paper and white art straws. We have been using the scissors to cut the straws. Some of us are really good with scissors and some of us need more help. So any cutting activities at home with a pair of children’s scissors are really beneficial.

We have changed the words to our’ elephant on a spiders web’ song to ‘dinosaurs on a spiders web’ and we have had some very scary dinosaurs in class.

Homework this week is to take a photo of a number your child finds in the environment, preferably with your child in the picture too and post it on SPTO. https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/index.php?logout=1 This could be the number on your front door or the number on Grandma’s door or a number on a sign or in a shop etc… Do they know what number it is?

We are going to print them off SPTO and make a display of the photos in class next week.

Can we remind parents that all children need a hat in school so they can go outside in this lovely weather. They also need a named water bottle with tap water in and not flavoured water or juice. Water bottles can be purchased from the school office for £1.50. Thank you for your support.

Have a fun number hunting weekend.

Week Ending Friday 5th May 2017

This week we have had fun looking at and listening to information books about dinosaurs. We have learnt some of their names, how big some of them were in relation to buses and if they were plant or meat eaters. We have listened to the Funnybones dinosaur story and have begun to make dinosaur skeletons.

We have enjoyed our outside time this week and have had time on the playground going round the track on the wheeled toys. The children have called the new sit on wheeled toys ‘crazy bikes’ and it has stuck. Some of them whizz round the track but with fantastic control. We have also been walking up and down steps and jumping off as well as rolling and throwing balls with the teachers. Most of the older children are good at rolling, throwing and catching a medium sized ball. We have also been looking at core strength and seeing if they can raise their head and shoulders whilst lying down with a soft toy between their knees. All of these skills are important to help the children develop both gross and fine motor skills and eventually neat handwriting as they progress through school.

As the weather becomes warmer can we ask that the children have a sensible named sunhat in school and also that if you want them to apply suncream in school they must be able to do it themselves and we need a named bottle sent into school. We will put the suncream on their hands so they do not waste it and encourage them to rub it in themselves. Alternatively if they are only in for the morning or afternoon session you may find it easier to apply a high factor before they come to school. We spend a mixture of time inside and outside and when the sun is really strong we will stay inside to keep the children safe from the sun. Please see the school policy for more information.

Homework this week is for parents to try and talk like a robot and sound out words for the children to work out. For example, when going out you could say – ‘Go and get your c-oa-t’  and bed time – ‘Time for b-e-d’ – Do the children know what you are saying? Can they work it out?

We have been doing some of this in nursery and the children are enjoying it. It is best to use the last word in the phrase. Have fun and try and incorporate it into your everyday routine and it will also help when they have to sound out words when reading. Please let us know how clever they are on the online Learning Journey.

Have a lovely weekend.

Week Ending Friday 28th April 2017

This week the children have had a fantastic time with the dinosaur small world area. A big thank you to all of the children and parents who sent things in to enhance the children’s play.

    

We also had a letter and bucketful of dinosaurs from Harry sent to school this week, the children are beginning to learn the names of some of the dinosaurs and next week we will be looking as some basic non fiction books about dinosaurs.

Homework this week is to find shapes when you are out and about and see if you can name them. In class we work on square, circle, triangle & rectangle for 2D shapes and cylinder, sphere, cube, cuboid and cone (I also mention triangular prism as we have some in our wooden blocks in the construction tunnel) for 3D shapes. We will be doing some more shape work in class next week focussing on recognising and naming them and investigating some of their properties.

Over the bank holiday could we ask that all families check their children’s hair and grown up’s for nits as we have had a few visitors in class over the last week. Thank you to the parents for letting us know so we can alert others to check their family.

Also a reminder please do not let the children bring toys in. On a daily basis we are having to find things from home which we have asked the children to put in their bags and they go and get them out again and then are upset when they leave them somewhere in class. Thank you for your support.

Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend and see you on Tuesday.

Week Ending Friday 21st April 2017

Welcome back and we hope that everyone has had a lovely Easter Break. We have enjoyed hearing about what the children got up to while they were not in school, most of what they told us involved copious amounts of chocolate, but they obviously had a great deal of fun too. We have been very impressed with how they have settled back into nursery so quickly.

We have some super bean plants that have returned to school and we will hopefully be planting them in the garden next week. Please send your bean back in as soon as possible even if it has not grown as we will reuse the pots next time we grow seeds.

Our new theme for this half term is Dinosaurs and the children have enjoyed making dinosaur deserts in cooking this week, they may have said they were putting the dinosaur in ‘mud’ – Chocolate Angel Delight, which we whisked up. We have enjoyed listening to Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs go to school and we are wondering if any dinosaurs may come to our school soon? We have been doing dinosaur rubbings with chunky crayons holding them on their side.

Homework this week is to find something to bring in to help make a dinosaur small world area in class. Could you go for a walk on the beach and find some interesting pebbles? Or to the park and find some interesting sticks / branches that are on the floor we could use. Or have you got any logs in the garden that we could use. I’m sure you will have fun finding something for our small world area together.

During mixed morning on Thursday we looked at some photos that Mrs Jones had sent to school as she has been in Australia visiting her daughter. We told the children they could look at more if they wanted to at home by going on the reception class page.

Can we ask that all clothes/coats are named, children are starting to take jumpers and cardigans off as the weather improves and we would like them to go home with the correct child at the end of each session. We do try and make sure they have all of their belongings at the end of each session and it makes it easier when items are named. Can we also remind parents to put just water in named water bottles and not flavoured water or juice. This is for several reasons, mainly water is a healthy drink if we are thirsty and secondly if it gets spilt in class it is easy to clear up and does not leave a sticky mess to attract flies, wasps and ants. Thank you for your support in this.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 31st March 2017

This week we have continued to read Jasper’s Beanstalk and the children have planted beans. We have talked about what plants need to grow and the children have each planted a bean and are bringing it home for the spring break. It may need a water when they get home to start it off. While we are off school if you could record what happens to your bean and what your child notices and upload it to the online learning journey that would be fabulous. Please bring your bean back after the break. The learning journey can be found here

https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/onlinereport0.php

Also if you have any fabulous wow moments at home could you also please share them with us over the break through the online learning journey. We are loving seeing the contributions from home and endeavour to comment when new ones are posted.

We have continued to have great fun outside. Last week we had some new resources in nursery including 2 sit on toys. The children have soon grasped how to make them move by sitting on them and using their feet to propel themselves.

The children are thoroughly enjoying the areas and activities that are in Nursery both inside and outside.

There has been great excitement with our new magsnaps and children have been exploring how they fit together, they have also had the teachers making models on the leaflet that was in the box. Mrs Stocker made a pterodactyl and a rocket with some of the children. This is one of the rockets that one of our children made afterwards.

In  cooking and maths the children have made spring nests and we have focussed on counting out the correct number of eggs from a bowl to put on our nests we have also been counting how many eggs altogether on both of the nests we have made.

Have a lovely spring break and see you when we return to school on Tuesday 18th April.

Week Ending Friday 24th March 2017

This week we have had fun reading Jasper’s Beanstalk and also hearing the Jack and the Beanstalk story as Jasper goes looking for giants at the end of the story. Next week we are going to plant beans like Jasper and the children will bring them home over the Easter holiday to look after them and then return them to school after the holiday. We will be seeing who has managed to grow the tallest bean! We then want to plant them in our garden area to see if we can reach the sky like Jasper.

In cooking we have been whisking eggs. The children have had fun learning how to use the whisks as many just wanted to stir. If you whisk anything at home perhaps they could help you.

The children have also had fun making smoothies and watching the food change and use a blender. We have had some lovely comments about how we made them and what they tasted like.

In our phonics sessions we have been using alliteration for the children’s names. We have linked this in to animals so we have had names such as Sid snake, Martha mouse and Barry bat. Ask your child if they can tell you a name. Could you come up with names for the family linked to either animals or adjectives such as marvellous mummy, super sister, lovely Lucy and dashing daddy. You can use brother and sisters first names as well. Please let us know the names you have come up with on SPTO the link is here https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/onlinereport0.php

Thank you to the parents who have been sending in resources for us, it is greatly appreciated. We are still on the look out for the following:

Large wooden cable reels

A bi-fold airer for den building

Large stones, logs or wood to create a bug house from the pallets already outside

If you can help then please send anything in.

We finish next Friday for our Easter break and return to school on Tuesday 18th April.

Have a lovely weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all of our amazing Mums.

Week Ending Friday 17th March 2017

This week we have added actions to Rosie’s Walk and have been saying the story with the actions. For homework see if your child can say the story with the actions. We have included what we have done with the children in class here. Rosie’s walk talk4 writing story and actions

Please can you leave a photo and/or comment on your child’s on-line learning journey about the homework or anything else you have done at home. Thank you to the parents who have uploaded photos and comments. It is lovely to see your children having fun and doing things outside of school. Some parents have still to get their log-in details, please can you go to the office to get this. This is different from the on-line payment log-in and system. The link to the on-line learning journey is below.

https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/onlinereport0.php

We have had great fun in the outdoor area with new resources. Thank you to Saul’s mum for sending fabric, wool and ribbons in. The children have had great fun making dens and weaving on the weaving wall.

We are still on the lookout for

Ball pond balls

Large cardboard boxes or tubes

Wooden cable reels

A bi-fold airer for den building

Large stones, logs or wood to create a bug house from the pallets already outside

If you can help then please send anything in.

Some of the photos we have taken outside this week.

We have reminded the children to please not touch the resources first thing in the morning that we have set up outside. We know they are very tempting!

Spare clothes – we have no girls knickers in class for any accidents – if you have any spare or have not returned spare clothes please send them in. We are also asking that all children do have a spare change of clothes in their bag in case of accidents or getting wet in the water play.

Have a great weekend, we are looking forward to seeing what you have been up to.

Week Ending Friday 10th March 2017

This week we have been reading Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins and have been acting out the story in the outdoor learning area. We have used things we have to represent where Rosie went on her walk as it focusses on prepositions. The tuff spot has been the pond and the tyres have been the haystack. All of the children have a good understanding of prepositions but they now need to increase their actual use when talking. We have a lot of ‘It’s there!’ So homework this week is to use a soft toy and take it in turns to tell each other where to put it. Perhaps you could photograph the funniest place you can find and write a comment on SPTO.

In maths we have been using the balance scales to see which vegetable is the heaviest / lightest. The children have had fun weighing the vegetables in their hands and then using the scales.

We have continued to develop our outdoor learning area further this week and Friday afternoon nursery and wrap helped to plant some sensory herbs and violas as well as extend our musical pans and put up a new weaving wall. We are waiting for guttering to go up to form part of a water wall.

We are asking if parents / grandparents friends or relatives have the following to donate to school:

Large cardboard boxes or tubes

Wooden cable reels

Fabric, sheets etc.. for den building

A bi-fold airer for den building

Fabric, wool or ribbons for weaving.

Large stones, logs or wood to create a bug house from the pallets

If you can help then please send anything in.

As we are developing the outside area we will be having more water play, although we have wet weather gear please can we ask that all children have a change of clothes with them in nursery in case they get wet. Some children do bring a bag with spare clothes in but can we ask that all children do. Thank you for your support.

We had seven cases of chicken pox this week, lets hope that all the children have had it now.

Have a fun weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 3rd March 2017

We hope everyone has had a wonderful half term, unfortunately the bugs remain with us and we have had sickness again as well as several cases of chicken pox this week in nursery. So please be vigilant if your child has not had chicken pox yet!

This week in nursery we have enjoyed Mr Wolf’s pancakes and we have focussed on helping each other using the story as a starting point. We joined in the pancake flip on Tuesday, with pancakes landing on heads, shoulders as well as the floor. However we all had fun.

The children have been trying to write a shopping list for Mr Wolf to take to the shops, we have had some lovely emergent writing and mark making linking in to our story.

We have also been planting seeds and talking about what the seeds need to grow and what we have used to plant them. Thank you to Mrs Olsen for asking Dave the gardener to come into school and weed the overgrown area. It now looks amazing and we are in the process of getting some sensory plants such as lavender and thyme that the children can plant to make the area more attractive and also add to the experience when outside.

Homework this week is whilst you are out and about over the weekend, can you spot any signs of spring and talk about them together. You should still be able to access the learning journey on SPTO and we have hopefully now got it set up so you can add a photo and comment on the photo you have uploaded. Alternatively you can still do wow moments on paper.

Have a fun weekend.

Week Ending Friday 17th February 2017

This week in nursery we have continued to work on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children have enjoyed making story maps and also using a storytelling hat and sitting in the storytelling teachers chair to tell their version of Goldilocks. We have been writing to baby bear saying sorry for breaking the chair and pretending we were Goldilocks and we even found a broken chair in our role play and one little one just put it back together and fixed it.

  

Nursery have no half yearly report as on Mrs Brown’s letter on SPTO, instead we are beginning to use electronic learning journeys and share that with you. This is very early days in nursery but we are very excited by the prospect of sharing more things with you that your child has done as well as you being able to contribute without having to print photos out etc… This should make us more efficient with time as well as increasing the home school links further. Your child’s paper learning journey will still be available in school for you to see and will be out for parents evening but we will increasingly do more electronically. So both will run side by side with observations and your child’s learning in one or the other.

Homework this half term is to do something fun together and then try and upload a photo and a comment onto SPTO that we can share with the class when we return after the half term.

We continue to have chicken pox going round nursery as well as the sickness bug. Hopefully the half term break will eradicate all of the bugs and we will all return to  full health.

Have a fantastic fun filled half term and see you on 27th February.

Week Ending Friday 10th February 2017

This week in nursery we have been reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children have had fun sequencing and retelling the story. Children suggested then we can work as a team to fix baby bears chair, and fix it with tools and glue! We have been learning actions to go with our story to support children’s language development.

This weeks homework is to practice the actions to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and to talk about the story with your child. We are creating a display is the classroom of the children’s ‘story map’, so please could you write a wow moment to go on the display – something that your child has said about the story. The story and actions are here: Goldilocks talk for writing

The children have been busy having fun in all of the different areas. Children have been writing letters to the three bears, mark making and popping bubbles in the tuff spot.

We have displayed the children’s trolls which they have worked very hard on, showing them off to the rest of the school in the corridor. Please pop your head outside of our classroom door to have a look if you wish.

We are getting a collection of small toys being brought into nursery. Can we please ask that the children leave their toys at home so that they do not get lost.

Some of the teachers are concerned that younger children are playing and running around whilst waiting to collect older children. We would hate for an accident to happen to any of the children. We will remind the children next week that they are to stay with their grown up when collecting older children. Thank you for your support.

Have a fantastic weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week before half term!

Week Ending Friday 3rd February 2017

This week in nursery we have continued with work on The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Thank you to the 10 children who did the homework and shared their bridges, we had some wonderful models made from boxes etc.. as well as some great thinking with the construction toys at home using blocks, Lego, train track and even tins from the kitchen cupboard. We are making a display of the photos of the bridges in class and the children can bring them home next week. They have been on display outside of our classroom for the whole school to see.

In class the children have had great fun making trolls heads with air dry clay, pipe cleaners, straws, lolly sticks, googly eyes and glitter. All of them are so individual and I wouldn’t like to meet them if they jumped out from under a bridge. We will display them outside our classroom before they bring them home in a few weeks time. They are still drying at the moment.

  

The children have been having fun in our new water tray, pouring and filling as well as learning how to put the aprons on properly and keep as much water as possible in the tray without getting it on the floor.

We have also had rice in the other tray and we have been filling cups up and emptying them and focussing on the vocabulary linked to capacity  – full, empty, half full and half empty. These are good words to use when playing in the bath with toys or just plastic cups to see if they can use the words in other contexts.

In Stacey Time this week the children have enjoyed going into the hall and using a variety of instruments for quiet and loud sounds. They have been listening very carefully to distinguish high and low sounds as well as using the instruments to represent each of the three billy goats in the story. They have been making loud and quiet sounds as well as going fast and slow when playing their instruments.

As Spring approaches we have been having a tidy and a sort out in the outdoor area and we want to put out more activities for the children to do over the coming weeks linked into our themes and planning. Please can we ask that the children do not play with the toys and resources before school as we will be talking about the activities before they go outside.  If any parents or grandparents have any spare time to help us weed and sort out the digging, planting and bug area we would be very grateful for any help.

Once again this week we have a variety of bugs going round nursery please be vigilant for sickness and diarrhoea as well as chicken pox. There are the usual winter coughs and colds which we expect and we do have tissues freely available in nursery and we encourage the children to wipe and blow their noses and then dispose of the tissue and wash their hands.

We have decided that the children can hang their coats up anywhere now. We easily have enough coat pegs for every day but due to parental choice of sessions and increasing numbers in nursery we no longer have enough to give everyone a dedicated peg across the week. So far the children have been able to find their coats easily and from Monday we will go back to finding their name on the low table near the carpet and putting it on the whiteboard in the carpet area.

Homework for this week is following on from our maths work in class. We have been sorting, counting and ordering Smarties. We have emptied a tube of Smarties out and then sorted for colour, counted each colour and found the numeral to match with it and then we have ordered them before putting them on a bar model.

At home we thought you could either sort and count a tube of Smarties or other similar sweets such as Haribo’s or count a small box of raisins or segments in a tangerine etc.. before eating them! Can you help your child to count accurately pointing to each sweet as they say a number. You may also want to count other things whilst at home or out and about. Remember we love to hear about your child’s activities at home and we put any parents wow moments and comments into their Learning Journeys. You can download a WOW moments here.

Have a fun weekend, full of lots of counting and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 27th January 2017

We have enjoyed activities based around The Three Billy Goats Gruff this week. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and then using the character toys we have to act out the story in the small world area. We have also been making bridges using the blocks from the construction tunnel for the goats to cross over the river.

  

In hall time this week we have been focussing on traditional circle games so we have been playing The Farmers in his Den and There was a princess Long Ago. The children have enjoyed learning the songs and actions as well as putting their pumps on for the session. I was really pleased and thankful that all the pumps sent in were named, it is really appreciated and makes changing a lot easier.

 

We have listened to the story about the Jade Emperor this week and how he named the years after animals in China, this has also linked in to the spring rolls we have made in class.

Homework this week is to make a bridge from either found materials (boxes etc..) or construction toys such as Duplo and photograph it or bring it in (junk models only) so the children can show and talk about to all of the children in class and make a display of the photos of their bridges.

Children are allowed to bring in a named water bottle every day for if they are thirsty in class, this is as well as the carton of milk they get in class. Please remember it has to be plain water, not flavoured water or juice as if it gets spilt it is very messy. Thank you for your support in this.

There have also been a lot of bugs and illness going round nursery this week including chicken pox in case your child has not had it and develops spots.

Have a fantastic bridge building weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 20th January 2017

You may have noticed an extra teacher in class. Miss Wright has joined us from LJMU for this half term and she is enjoying getting to know the children and working alongside all of the existing nursery staff.

We have had lots of fun with activities around the story of the Gingerbread Man, from drawing characters, and painting gingerbread men. Putting raisins on a gingerbread man with plastic tweezers to help our fine motor skills. Counting and putting buttons on gingerbread men. The children enjoyed joining in with the the repetitive part of the story and making the sounds of the animals as we read the story. We have been singing 5 currant buns and using real pennies to pretend to buy a current bun and we also had pennies and made a shop area to buy gingerbread using the pennies too. We have been ordering gingerbread men and the other characters from the book for size and getting the children to use the correct vocabulary.

 We are moving onto the Three Billy Goats Gruff next week.

Homework this week is to find something in your home which you can order in size, such as teddy’s, cars etc……You may also want to count them pointing to each object as you say the number,  please write a wow moment and/or take a photo about the homework or anything else that makes you say wow at home and send it in to school to go in your child’s learning journey. You can down load a wow moment or just use a post it note or piece of paper.

Thank you to all of the parents who have paid online for the cooking for the rest of the academic year. If anyone is having trouble logging on or with payments then please see the staff in the office. We are unable to accept cash in class.

Have we any green fingered parents or grandparents?

The garden area in nursery is looking rather sorry for itself and I’m not sure what is dead or alive or what will grow again if anything! So before the spring it would be nice if anyone would be willing to weed it and help create an area for planting with the children as well as a weed free digging area. If you can help at some point then please let me know.

Towards the end of the week we have had a few cases of sickness and diarrhoea in school so please be vigilant and if your child is poorly then please keep them away from nursery for 48 hours since the last episode. Thank you

Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.

Happy New Year and welcome back to school.

Apologies for not updating on Friday but the internet was down in school and so we were unable to update our page.

The children have settled back into class really well. I think they have grown over the holiday in both height and maturity.

This half term we are looking at traditional tales and focussing on The Gingerbread Man, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks. We will also be sharing a wide variety of other traditional tales at story time. Last week the teachers have all enjoyed hearing about the children’s Christmas and the lovely presents that Santa brought them.

Cooking on a Thursday. If your child is in on a Thursday cooking will resume this week. In order for your child to take part there is a contribution of £4 for the rest of the academic year. Please pay online and this also gives the school your permission for your child to take part in this extra activity.

On Tuesday mornings we are continuing to go into the hall and we are going to get the children to take their shoes off and put black school pumps on. Please send them in with names in both pumps and shoes to help us if they get separated from each other! All children except the new starters for this term have had a red kit bag so please bring them in and we will have a box to put them in. We are also trying a new coat peg system as due to the increase in numbers there are not enough coat pegs to even double up due to session choice. We have more than enough for all of the children every day but not enough for a dedicated peg for everyone.

Remember if your child does something that amazes you then please write a wow moment on a star, post it or paper and send it in.

Thank you for all of your support.

Week Ending Thursday 22nd December

We have had another fun filled few days in nursery. Thank you for all of the kind gifts we have received. We wish everyone a wonderful

and fun filled Christmas and New Year.

The Nursery Team

We all return to school on Monday 9th January 2017.

Week Ending Friday 16th December

The week was finished off by some lovely singing from the children. It was fantastic to see so many parents and grandparents. The children made us so proud with their super singing and behaviour. It is hard to believe they are only 3 and 4 years old. Thank you to everyone who supported us, the children loved having you there. They also enjoyed the surprise visit from Father Christmas at the end. 

This week in nursery we have heard ‘The Nativity Story’ and have been playing with the small world nativity figures to encourage us to retell the story.

We have continued with our craft activities and this week we have been using air dry clay. It was very cold and squishy and made our hands all dirty. We have watched it dry and become hard.

Homework this week is to do something Christmassy and see if the children can tell us something they have done next week in nursery.

Have a super weekend and we will see you next week. Please remember we break up on Thursday afternoon and we return to school on Monday 9th January.

Week Ending Friday 9th December

We have continued to have fun in nursery doing our Christmas craft activities. The children have also enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree outside of our classroom. The yule logs continued to look amazing and the children enjoyed making them.

     

We have been ‘writing’ our names and looking at how we hold our pencils and crayons. We are continually doing activities to promote hand eye coordination and strength in the children’s wrists and fingers to help with their writing now and in the future. Since last half term the progress the children have made is so wonderful so see and the teachers think they are very clever.

We have not sent book bags home on Friday as we are collecting the books in over Christmas as well as using the bags to send the Christmas activities home in during the last week. Please send the bag in as soon as you have enjoyed the book together. If you have lost your bag then please send a named carried bag in to bring things home. Thank you.

We have had a case of chicken pox in nursery this week so please keep an eye on your child if they have not yet had it.

Homework this week is to go on Busy Things and find the Santa dash game (it’s in the foundation section) and play it with a grown up. Please write a wow moment and send it in if you have enjoyed it. Wow moments can be downloaded here.wow If you have mislaid the login then please ask the teachers next week and we can give you a flyer with the details on again.

Most children should have brought their 2 tickets home for ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’, we still have a few left to give out at the start of next week.

Have a fun weekend and see you next week.

Songs around the Christmas tree..

Change of details

Due to the many Christmas activities in school and our determination to give as many Christmas activities and opportunities to all of the children in our school we have had to change the timing of our singing. Morning and afternoon nursery will now be as normal, but children who do not attend on a Friday morning are welcome to join us for our songs starting at 11.00am. Doors (main entrance) open at 10.45am. Tickets are in the process of being amended before being sent out with the children as soon as we are able to.

For afternoon only children you may want them to have lunch in school which can be booked and paid for through club – lunch session is £3.50. (Please call Hayley at club to make these arrangements, bookings cannot be taken on the day due to staffing organisation)

The Christmas fair is now first thing in the morning. As this is a PTA event children in nursery can bring up to £3 in a named envelope / purse and we will take them in small groups around the fair. We are not able to accept money not in a named envelope or purse, so please send the money in as we have asked.

Thank you for your patience and support.

The Nursery Team.

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Week Ending Friday 2nd December

This week in nursery we have been busy printing with our hands and feet, we had great fun and it was very tickly on our feet. We are continuing with this next week as we are making special things with them over the coming weeks.

We had great fun in the hall using the large parachute during our hall time, singing rhymes and making waves and mushrooms. I am so proud of how sensible and quiet the children are when walking through school to the hall. You would not think they are nursery at all they are so grown up.

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We have continued to make yule logs and will continue next week, if your child has not made one and attends Thursday mornings then please send in a decoration as soon as possible. Thank you.

As part of our pre-phonics work we have been listening for sounds in school and talking about what we can hear and we have also enjoyed drumming with drumsticks on different things outside and finding different sounds when drumming.

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We will be sending 2 tickets per family out next week for the ‘songs around the Christmas tree’. Details were posted earlier in the week and can be found by scrolling down to end of this post.

As it is cold season, if your child has a cold please encourage and support them in wiping and blowing their nose independently.  We are also encouraging them to wash their hands afterwards to reduce the spread of germs. A good way to help children learn to blow their nose is to blow a feather by blowing down their nose when they are cold free! Its also a fun activity.

Homework this week is to sing ‘Jingle bells’ and ‘Rudolph the red nose reindeer’ together. We have been learning some makaton signs to Rudolph so if your child starts to make signs then you know they are learning them in school.

Thank you to the handful of parents who did the homework last week. The children enjoyed sharing their stories and making sounds to their friends in class.

On a safety note, please can you not let the children walk, run and play along the wall at the front of the school at home time. We would hate one of them to fall and have a nasty accident once we have handed them over to you or grandparents.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Songs around the Christmas Tree

On Friday 16th December it is our traditional songs around the Christmas Tree for Nursery. All children in nursery are invited for the morning and then 2 adults per child are invited to join us at 9.30am for a Christmas sing song, followed by refreshments and mince pies. There will be no nursery session for the afternoon as all are invited for the morning. It is also Christmas jumper day so if both children and their grown-up’s could come in festive tops that would be lovely and make it even more Christmassy. We are looking forward to singing lots of lovely songs for you.

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We had a special visitor on Tuesday morning as the fire engine came to visit. We enjoyed using the hose pipe and sitting in the cab. The siren was very loud and we found out about how firefighters help us.

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This week some children have made their yule logs, the rest will make them over the coming weeks. Please can you send in a small decoration for the log as soon as possible. Thank you.

All the children in nursery have snack every day. There is a small carton of milk and fruit/vegetables given to the children every day. As parents you also have the option of buying a piece of toast every day for your child. This needs to be paid through the online payment system and is linked to the electronic registers. In class there are a mixture of children who have both toast and fruit, just toast or just fruit. If you need any help or support using the online system then please contact the school office where they will be more than willing to help you iron out any problems.

Last half term we sent out a learning story for each child on the chip making activity. There are quite a few that have not been returned so if you have not sent it back then please do so by next week so we can stick it in your child’s learning journey books. If you need another one please let us know so we can print another one off.

Please be vigilant as we have had a sickness bug and high temperature going round nursery this week. If children are sick they need to be at home for 48 hours after the last sickness bout.

Homework for this week is to pick a favourite story book and find objects around the home to make sounds or make sounds with your voice or body parts to enhance the story  as you read the book together. Stories such as ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and ‘Dear Zoo’ are starter ideas. I’m sure you will have amazing fun together and this all works towards the skills they need when they begin to learn the letter sounds. Please could you send in the book (with your child’s name inside) so that we can share them with the rest of their friends in Nursery next week and hear about the wonderful sounds you have made together.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 18th November

This week in nursery we have all made a card for Mrs Embery to wish her well on her exciting new family adventure. We will miss her but she will visit us in the new year once she is settled with her new family.

Mrs Stocker takes over as Key Person for all of Mrs Embery’s children and you can read her profile here

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The midwife came to visit us this week and told us how she helps look after mum’s and their babies before and after they are born. We saw how a baby was weighed on the scales and had a go at weighting the ‘baby’.

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In cooking on Thursday over the new few weeks the children will be making yule logs. Could you please send in a small cake decoration in a sealed bag / envelope with your child’s name on in preparation for this activity. If you have any question then please ask the teachers. Thank you for your support.

Homework for this week is to find things around the home that make a sound. Such as keys when they jingle, money in a purse, noisy toys etc.. Can you find some things and then play a guessing game to see if you can find which one makes that sound. You can hide the objects behind something or use a blindfold, but we hope that this is a bit of fun as well as linking into the sound work we are doing in nursery over the coming weeks. If you enjoyed the game you may want to do a wow moment or let us know on a piece of paper / post it note.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 11th November

This week in Nursery we have been having lots of fun counting backwards from 5 like rockets. We have also been counting objects and our friends in class not forgetting to count ourselves.

On Tuesday we went into the big hall for some action songs during movement time. We really enjoyed the session and we will continue these each Tuesday morning. After Christmas we will need a pair of pumps each and we will change our footwear, but at the moment we will stay in our shoes. For those children in during the afternoon we also did some of the songs in class.

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Cooking this week and next week is mince pies, we rely on the voluntary contribution of £1 each half term. If your child is in on a Thursday please send in the contribution as soon as possible so that we can continue this weekly activity. This half term each child will cook 3 times. Thank you so much to the parents who have already sent the money in.

Lots of children can now do their coats, please keep up the good work at home too. If your child is struggling the Montessori way of putting the coat on the floor, standing by the hood, putting your arms in and then throwing it over your head is very effective and we have seen children who are not yet 2 put their coats on by this method. Although there are a couple who can do their own zip we are helping the children to fasten their coats once on.

Homework this week is to go on a listening walk with a grown up and listen carefully to all the sounds you hear. Talk about what you heard, did you recognise all of the sounds? Were they loud or quiet? Were they long or short sounds? Please write a wow moment which you can download here wow or a note on a piece of paper/post it note.

Have you see the amazing firework collage the children have created in class? It looks amazing and the children had so much fun creating their piece.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 4th November

This week in Nursery we have had fun printing firework pictures and adding glitter to make them sparkle. These will form a display in Nursery over the coming weeks so please keep a look out.

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We have also been having fun in the sand and water play filling and pouring playing with the diggers and boats.

We have also been seeing who can put their coat on by themselves and we have certificates to give out next week for those who have shown us they can do it this week. We will be working with those children who still need support to become independent as the weather gets colder. Please can you continue to support your child to put their coat on themselves. The children have also had a great deal of fun putting different hats, scarfs and gloves on and looking at themselves in the mirror.

Next week we are starting our people who help us topic for the next few weeks before moving onto winter for the remainder of the term.

Homework for this week is to see how many words you can think of to describe the colours and sounds of fireworks and you can write a wow moment with which ones your child can think of.

Please can we remind parents about library books, they are changed on a Friday and need to be returned on the first day your child attends the following week. If your child does not attend nursery on a Friday please collect from the from the out box when they do come in. We know that some children are not taking them home and we will endeavour to catch those that go to club and who are not collected by a parent / family member.

Please keep safe and enjoy any fireworks you are going to over the weekend.

Week Ending Friday 21st October

This week in Nursery we have been doing our Autumn half term writing and number assessments. Our teachers are very impressed with the progress that we have made in just one half term! We have been investigating all the different Autumn resources that we collected for our homework last week and we have been learning all about shape and making shape pictures. Mrs Stocker has been making ‘shape witches’! in preparation for Halloween and to help us to develop our fine motor skills and revisit our shape learning. During ‘Mixed Morning’ this week some of us used the tablets in the Reception class area all by ourselves!

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Homework for the holidays is to continue practising our number recognition and counting using 1:1 correspondence. Please click here to download the resources you will need to help your child complete their homework-number-flashcards-to-20 some children will be working with numbers 0-5 others will be working with numbers 0-10 and some children will be working with numbers 0-20. It is really important that you child becomes secure with 0-5 before progressing any further. It would be lovely if parents could complete WOW! moments to accompany your child’s homework. You can download WOW! moments here wow

Thank you to all of our parents who attended parents evening, if you did not manage to make an appointment please see Mrs Embery to make an appointment.

After the half term break we will really start to focus on our independence skills. We will reward all of the children who can put on their own coats with a certificate at the end of the first week back! Below is a link to a YouTube clip that may help you out!

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When we come back after half term we will be learning all about Bonfire Night. We will be practising putting on hats, gloves and scarfs in preparation to watch the fireworks! If anyone has any old hats, gloves or scarfs that they could donate to Nursery it would be very much appreciated!

Please have a happy and safe half term!

 

Week Ending Friday 14th October

This week in Nursery we have continued with our ‘Vegetable’ theme. When we read the story ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ last week, we were shocked to discover that chips came from potatoes and not from McDonalds! So this week Mrs Embery made chips with us so that we could see how they came from potatoes.

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We also had a visitor from Pensby High School this week. He did some lovely potato printing with us.

Please be aware that we still have some nasty bugs in Nursery. Keep and eye out for diarrhea and vomiting and if you spot any signs please keep your child off Nursery for a minimum of 48 hours.

We have also had a reported case of headlice. I would like to thank our parents for their honesty when informing us of any cases so that we can warn other parents.

This weekend we would like all of our children to continue practising putting on their own coats, now that the weather is getting colder this independence is even more important!

Homework:

This weekend we would like you to go on an Autumn walk and collect 5 things for our Investigation Table, you can practise putting your coat on for the walk! Please count the objects with your child using 1:1 correspondence as explained in last weeks weekly news. If you would like to please feel free to complete a WOW! moment telling us how amazing your child is at counting or collecting Autumn objects.

Download your WOW! moments here wow-moments

Below you will find information about our upcoming school events the Halloween Disco and the Fireworks display, click on the pictures to see an enlarged version.

A quick reminder for any of our parents who use our Wrap Around service, please ensure that you are completing your booking forms in advance of the sessions that you wish to use. The service is very flexible and the staff are more than happy to accommodate short term or 1 off care however this must be arranged through the Wrap Around service not through Nursery. Therefore if you require your child to have lunch or use the afternoon service that day, please ring Wrap using  the ‘Extended Children’s Service’ option or pop in to see the Wrap Around Staff. Booking forms are available to download from the website on the school office page.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

 

 

 

Week Ending Friday 7th October

Warning! We have now had 2 reported cases of diarrhea and vomiting in Nursery this week! Please be extra vigilant with your child. If they show any signs of illness please keep them off Nursery for a minimum of 48 hours to stop the bug spreading and to prevent other children catching it. Our children’s little bodies do not cope well with tummy bugs so please be considerate of others.

Homework

This week we have continued with our vegetable theme. Homework is for your child to tell you all about a vegetable that they have learned about this week. Children might like to draw a vegetable and they can ask an adult to label it for them. If they do not wish to draw they can tell you all about a vegetable and an adult can record their learning on a WOW! moment.

Number Sacks

This week we are sending home our ‘Number Sacks’. The sack contains a card with a song or a story to encourage counting. It also has resources to encourage children to count with your support. They are activities for you to complete together as parent and child. Please look after these very precious resources and return them to Nursery on Monday or at your child’s first session following the weekend. if any of the resources are lost you may be asked to replace them or cover the cost of them being replaced. We only have 8 number sacks so we will have a rota for them being sent home. Please have lots of fun with your child.

Reception Applications

All children who are due to start in Reception in September 2017 will require an application to be completed online. We have an information leaflet available for parents, if you have not yet received it please ask a member of the Nursery Team. We like to hand out the application in person so that we can ensure you have received it. If you struggle to get to school and see the staff in person for example if your child attends breakfast and after school club, then please contact the school and ask to speak to Mrs Embery and I will be able to assist you. Each year we have many parents disappointed when they are allocated a school place for September, please bear in mind that applications are completed and dealt with by Wirral authority, unfortunately school has no say in allocation. I would strongly advise ALL parents even those who have older siblings in the school or who think they may live in the catchment area to check where exactly your catchment school is. Parents cannot simply choose a school rather they are assigned a school place for their child based on where you live. This is the main criteria for places, if your child has an older sibling in the school this DOES NOT guarantee you a place for a younger sibling and again, every year we have families whose children have been assigned to schools different to where their sibling attends. Unfortunately last year we experienced what the local authority referred to as a ‘bulge’ year with an extremely high birth rate, therefore sadly even some families who did live in catchment still did not receive a place. I am aware that this can all sound very worrying but I would rather be open and transparent with our parents and provide you with the information that you need sooner rather than later. If you have any concerns do not hesitate to speak to me or contact the school office and make an appointment to see me. The leaflet provides you with all the information you need as does the Wirral.gov website. To look up your catchment school please click on this link:

https://www.wirral.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-admissions/school-catchment-area-finder

The deadline for admissions is January 15th 2017. Please be aware that there is no ‘first come, first served’ basis, rather as mentioned above places are allocated on catchment.

To complete your online application please click on this link:

http://www.wiral.gov.uk/schooladmissions

In Nursery this week we have been using the smart board to complete data handling, looking at our favourite vegetables and counting how many children chose each one!

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Remember to keep practising children’s independence skills!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Week Ending Friday 30th September

Please find our weekly Newsletter here 30-09-16

WOW! moments are available to download here wow-moments

This week in Nursery we have been continuing with our ‘All About Me’ topic. In our playdough area, we have been making faces using playdough and Autumn materials.

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We have also been using acorns to help us with our counting. Our job in the number area was to match the correct number of acorns to the leaf with the corresponding number on it. Our teachers have been showing us how to count using 1:1 correspondence. That means that as we count we say the number out loud but only as we touch the acorns, this helps us to count slowly and clearly instead of just counting in rote.

Please feel free to practise counting using 1:1 correspondences at home with your child. It helps to put the objects that are to be counted in a straight line to avoid confusion.

If we are able to count securely, our teachers have been working on number recognition with us, 0-5 and then 0-10 if we are ready!


Week Ending Friday 23rd September

Please find our weekly Nursery newsletter here 23-09-16

WOW! moments are available to download here wow-moments

This week we have been very busy in Nursery! On Tuesday we went to the hall for P.E and played games with the giant parachute.

In the outdoor area, we have been building our houses. We are making lots of new friends as we play and learn together.

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Welcome Back Everybody!

It is the start of a brand new school year and we are learning all about ‘Ourselves’. Please find here our weekly newsletter 16-09-16

Each week we set the children a homework that is appropriate for Early Years. This week in preparation for learning all about ourselves, please look in a mirror with your child and talk about their hair and eye colour, how many eyes they have, where their nose is etc.

Ask them to look at your hair and eye colour, is it the same or is it different?

We very much welcome contributions from our parents regarding your child’s learning. We encourage you to use our WOW! moments to record any achievement or goal that your child meets at home and send them into school. This information will form part of your child’s learning journey. You can download WOW! moments here wow-moments

Alternatively you can record your child’s achievements on post its or just on a scrap of paper, any contribution is welcome. Please feel free to use a WOW! moment to record their homework this week.


Nursery Holiday Homework

In preparation for your child starting in Nursery, it may be useful to check if your child can do the following independently:

  • Can they recognise their own name? This is a useful skill to help your child to identify where their coat peg is and which jumper/cardigan is theirs at the end of the session.
  • Are they able to pull their own trousers/leggings/tights up? If they are still learning how to be independent when going to the toilet it is much easier for them to wear loose clothes that they can manage themselves…..no skinny jeans!
  • Can they put their own coat on? They may still struggle with zips and buttons but if they can manage to put their arms in the sleeves of their coat independently this will help them to access the outdoor area more readily.
  • Can they wash their hands without assistance after using the toilet? Please use constant reminders with your child to wash their hands after using the toilet, this is vital for the health and safety of your child and others in the setting.

Have a practise of the above with your child over the summer and help them to be Nursery ready!  

 


 

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WOW moments You can download WOW! moments by clicking on the link.

This week we having continued with our ‘Minibeasts’ topic. We had a special visitor to our classroom, a tarantula named ‘Tilly’. We learnt lots of facts about Tilly and other spiders, ask your child to tell you something that they have learnt and record it on a WOW! moment.

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  Welcome back!

This week we have been celebrating the Queen’s Birthday in Nursery. We have written birthday cards for the Queen, played in the castle small world, built sandcastles, dressed up like the royal family, and on Friday we had a birthday party and played party games.

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Our homework was to make a crown to wear at the party, we had some amazing ones!

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Have an enjoyable half term break everybody and we will see you back in school on Monday 6th June!

‘Race For Life’

We have celebrated our ‘Race for Life’ in school today. We had a warm up session on the top playground with the whole school and then completed our laps of the race circuit. We are very proud of the Nursery children despite their very short legs they have very big hearts and every child completed the course with a huge smile on their face!

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This week in Nursery we have been showing off our 3-D space models that we have made at home, we had some amazing models sent into school!

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Space


This week we started our ‘Space’ topic.

We have been dressing ourselves in the spaceman costume and engaging in role-play flying our spaceships and working on the space station.

We have also been playing in our small world space station and reading stories about space and aliens.

In the finger gym we have been choosing different size, shape and textured materials to create a space scene.

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Race for Life/Charity Day 2016

To donate, please go to our Just Giving Page by clicking HERE.

You can also view the information letter by clicking HERE.

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A special thank you this week to Abigail Irons and her family for bringing into Nursery a beautiful African mask for us to look at as part of our ‘Africa’ topic. Dad kindly brought the mask all the way from Angola!

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WOW moments

This week we have been learning all about the fruit from the Hand’s Surprise story. Homework this week is an interactive activity for you to complete with your child. Please see below a recipe for a healthy, fruity treat. Please complete WOW! moments to accompany your child’s homework.

Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Cups

Ingredients:

200g of yoghurt (any yoghurt will do!)

Selection of different fruit cut up into small pieces

Method:

  • Lay 12 paper cake cases out on a baking tray or you can use silicone cake cases.
  • Dollop the yoghurt equally between the cases.
  • Place pieces of fruit on top of the yoghurt and press them down slightly using the end of a spoon.
  • Place the baking tray with the filled cases into the freezer for 2 hours.
  • Remove the tray and serve peeling off the paper case (any leftovers can be placed into a sandwich bag and popped back into the freezer for later).

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This week we have been learning all about Africa!

Jamie and Ellie have been reading stories about life in Africa. The children carried their ‘buckets of water’ on their heads and Saul went on safari. Ava has been playing in our safari small world.

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Welcome Back!

I hope you had an enjoyable spring break and are ready to tackle the summer term. Please find below our topic web for the summer A half term.

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WOW moments

Please remember to complete WOW! moments over the Easter weekend if your child makes you go “Wow!”

EASTER EGG COMPETITION


Well done to all of our children who entered the competition and congratulations to our winner……

FREYA MORRIS

for your ‘Big Blue Monster’ egg.

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For Sport Relief today, we completed 3 laps of the playground!

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This week we have had a very sporty week! On Tuesday we went to the school hall for P.E. We listened to the music and moved our bodies and our ribbons in time to the music.

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Pirates!


This week we have had another very busy week in Nursery! We have been playing in our Pirate small world and sharing pirate stories with our friends and teachers. In our construction area we have been building pirate ships using the photographs for inspiration and in the making area we have used 2-D shapes to make pictures of pirate ships. In our mathematics we have learnt positional language, on, under, behind, in front of and next to. We had to listen very carefully to the instructions and put the pirate and the octopus in the correct place. In phonics we have re visited ‘s’ and we sorted the animals into two groups. One group who’s name started with ‘s’ and the other group who’s name did not start with ‘s’. Next week we will be writing messages in a bottle.

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Well done to Freya Morris for fantastic homework this week!

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This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We listened to the story of the animal race and used the masks in the role-play area to retell the story. We have been exploring in our investigation area with noodles and giant tweezers to build on our motor control and we have been writing numbers using Chinese symbols. In our construction area we have been building Chinese temples and we have watched a Dragon Dance on the smartboard.

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This week in Nursery we have been learning all about winter. Our classroom has been turned into a winter wonderland! We have been marmaking in the snow, decorating our winter tree with snow, making Christmas cakes and snowy pictures and building igloos! On Friday when we came into Nursery, two naughty penguins had become trapped in the ice and we had to think of a way to rescue them.

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This week we have been preparing for Bonfire Night. We have been making rockets in the creative workshop and we have been practising putting on our hats and gloves to keep us warm whilst we watch the fireworks. Today we made chocolate dipped apples for a tasty Bonfire Night treat.

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Please click the link below to view our Halloween Disco Flyer…

Halloween Disco 2015

 

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Please read our first newsletter of the term. We look forward to  welcoming some more new children to Nursery next week. Once everyone has started we will let you know all the exciting activities we have planned for this half term and beyond.

All of our Nursery children have been stars this term ! We wish those moving on to new schools lots of luck, we’re sure that you will have lots of fun in your new classes. We look forward to seeing and working with those children moving into Miss Scott’s class every Thursday during mixed morning. To those children returning to Nursery – have a great summer and we will see you either at our stay & play sessions on Thursday or Friday 3rd/4th September or in the week beginning 8th September.sports_day_0Thank you to all our parents who attended our mini sports day and family picnic on Friday – we were so lucky with the weather ! If you have a child taking part in the main school sports day on Tuesday 14th July and wish to collect your child from Nursery so that they can watch their sibling compete please let staff know.

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The children were fascinated by our visit from The Creepy Crawly Show – we were able to watch and handle some amazing creatures including Liz the Royal Python, Ginge the Corn Snake, and Michelle the Terrapin. We were very proud of the children when Steve the “bug man” said Nursery children usually scream and squirm but ours sat so still and listened and asked sensible questions. Check out our Nursery window to see some of the photos of the children handling the creatures…..you will notice there are non of the staff – we had to hold the camera of course !

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 Well done to all our Nursery children who completed our 1k Race for Life challenge. Children who were in Nursery all day actually completed it TWICE so a fantastic effort from them ! We have had amazing amounts of sponsor money sent in, a big thank you to all our Nursery families for their support.

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Friday 27th March

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Easter Bonnet Competition  – Wednesday 1st April.

Nursery children are more than welcome to take part in this competition. We will choose a winner and a runner up for the best bonnet.

Every child who comes to school in a Easter Bonnet willreceive a Creme Egg.

 

Friday 20th March

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Friday 13th March

Comic Relief came to Pensby and Nursery did themselves proud by making their faces funny and bringing in their money. The children ran a beauty spa and throughout the day staff were able to visit and have a make over. This was a once in lifetime experience as staff were treated like super stars and looked like super stars! Well, nearly.

Thank you to all of our children and our fellow staff members for being such fantastic sports. We had a great day together.

 

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Friday 13th February

Valentines Day and finsihing our topic – Chinese New Year.

The children have experienced more Chinese traditions – the Lion Dance, where some lucky individuals were selected to take part in their own dance using the Lion head! We have listened to music, tasted some more delights from the orient and made wishes for our wishing tree for familiy and friends.

Finally the children have made their own cards for their loved ones ready for Saturday 14th February.

Half term – school closes Friday 13th February and we all return ready to learn and have fun – Monday 23rd February.

Have a lovely holiday.

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Friday 6th February

Chinese New Year Celebrations. The children have started to learn about Chinese traditions and how and why they celebrate Chinese New Year.

The children really enjoyed reading the zodiac story, tasting different food and making Chinese Dragons and lanterns.

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Friday 23rd January

A reminder to parents that toast is available at snack time in both morning and afternoon nursery.

10p for half a slice and 20p for a full slice.

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Happy New Year.

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Friday 12th December

Wow what a fantastic Christmas Performance!!!!!

Nursery we are so proud of you – absolutely awesome singing with all the children taking part and looking great.

Thank you to all who mangaged to attend our small but wonderful performance.

Next week is our last week in school. Our last day is Thursday 18th December.

However we have a fun packed week ahead. Christmas cards to finish and of course our CHRISTMAS PARTY! Donations for party food please – 50p.

Our party will be Tuesday 16th December in our classroom with all Nursery children being asked to arrive at 12.30pm for a full afternoon session. Therefore please can we remind parents that as a result we will have no morning nursery that day, but Wrap have offered to swap all afternoon sessions that day to morning sessions. So if this is convenient for parents then please contact club to arrange this.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

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This weeks newsletter details our plans for next week!

Keep practising our Christmas songs – Twinkle Twinkle, Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer and We Wish you a Merry Christmas.

Friday 21st November

A busy week in Nursery practising our songs ready for Friday 12th December! Remember we need to practise at home too.

Three songs – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and We Wish you a Merry Chrstmas.

This week – Don’t forget your Christmas decorations for Yule Logs – in bags with names please.

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It’s been a great week in Nursery. Read our latest newsletter to find out why?

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Friday 10th October 

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We have had a great week welcoming our new friends into Nursery. The weather has been fantastic and enabled us to utilise our outdoor area to its full potential.

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Please find the first newsletter listed below for you to enjoy reading over the weekend. 12th September 2014


 

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OAKLANDS 2017

Day 1:

Friday 23rd June 2017

Summer 2nd Half Week 3 – 4 Weeks to go!

Science – FORCES

This week we looked at forces, in particular gravity, and designed bottle rockets. We launched our rockets and tried to see which one flew the highest. We used aerodynamics and streamlined shapes to help reduce air resistance. We made a short video of our rockets that we will share with you on 14th July. Here are our finished rockets, click on an image to view it full size.

Quiche Makers

Our second group of chefs created their quiche to enjoy at home. We had a slight mix up with some ingredients which meant it had to be put back to Thursday, but it all worked out in the end.

Science – Habitats

We worked in groups to collate our findings about animals, plants and their habitats. It was part of our work on evolution and inheritance.

Next Week:

OAKLANDS!

 

Weekend Homework:

Pack your bag for OAKLANDS!

 

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Friday 16th June 2017

Summer 2nd Half Week 2 – 5 Weeks to go!

Talent Show

On Tuesday we had our class auditions for the talent show. Isaac, Rose and Kaitlyn all sang songs, Molly, Lucy and Luke played the keyboard, Liam, Adam and Joe performed a rap, Izzy, Emma and Caitlin danced and Jacob T astounded us with magic!

After a secret vote Kaitlyn was announced as our class winner who will go through to Friday’s Final.

We also decided that as Jacob was so entertaining we woulds ask him to be a warm-up act for the final next week.

 

Attendance Treat – Friday

We had a fun day today as a treat for winning the attendance again! We spent the morning playing maths games outside and then watched High School Musical together. It is a very fitting film as our Year 6 move ever closer to High School themselves. The movie is all about being yourself and not letting other people judge you.

In the afternoon we played games across the entire school site! We played two treasure hunts and then chose toe play football, basketball or to just run about on the field!

Several children had brought in some snacks to share with their friends and/or the whole class. We were lucky that the weather stayed dry.

Leavers’ Hoodies

Melissa’s mum has very kindly given up many hours of her time to arrange for special ‘Hoodies’ to be available for you to buy, should you wish. There is no obligation to buy a hoodie. She has put together an information pack which was sent home with your child today. In it you will find all the information you need should you wish to purchase a hoodie for your child. Please note that cheques/payments are to be made to Julie Evans and not the school. As they could only be printed in black and white, I have added a colour photograph below for you to see it more clearly. You can click on the image to enlarge it if you wish.

Next Week:

Our quiche makers were chosen at random using Class Dojo. They are Joe H, Xavia, Rose, Kaitlyn, Molly and Skye. They will each be making a quiche with our head chef on Tuesday afternoon. They need to bring in £1 and a baking tray and container. All the details can be found by clicking the following link: Cooking with Sue 2017

The class page will only be updated once a week from now on.

 

Homework: Adaptations of Animals. Complete two question pages for Monday.

 

Friday 23rd June: Own clothes day in exchange for Summer Fair prizes.

Friday 23rd June: Talent Show Final.

Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June: Oaklands Residential.

Friday 30th June: Own clothes day in exchange for Summer Fair prizes. 

WB Monday 3rd July: Sports Week.

Tuesday 4th July: Personal Safety session with Judo instructor. In the school hall at 1pm. 

Friday 7th July: Race for Life. 

Saturday 8th July: Summer Fair.

Wednesday 12th July: High School Induction Day. Attend new High School wearing Pensby Primary School uniform.

Friday 14th July: Leavers’ 6:00pm till approx. 7:00pm. Children can wear whatever they feel most comfortable in and are to be in school by 5:45pm.

Monday 17th July: PTA Treat Day to New Brighton (Bubbles, Bowling and Laser Quest) totally FREE. Children wear their own comfy clothes. Lunch is provided. Arrive and leave school at the normal times.

Friday 21st July 2017: Last Day. Children may bring an old shirt to be signed and a permanent marker. Please note – We cannot sign anything that a child is wearing.

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Wednesday 14th June 2017

On Tuesday our first Quiche group worked with Mrs Humphreys in the hall. Here are some pictures to show you how they did…

Each week will choose 6 different children to work in the kitchen. Please read Cooking with Sue 2017 for more information.

We completed out Living Things topic in Science today. We have already begun looking at Evolution and Inheritance. Tonight’s homework is the first task. Due Friday 16th June 2017.

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Monday 12th June 2017

We spent today reviewing our work on living things. We had already looked at plants and animals before half term. Today we discussed micro-organisms. We then watched ‘Inside The Factory’ which took us on an amazing tour of bread making! It was unbelievable. you can view it too by clicking the iPlayer link below…

BBC iPlayer – Bread

Oaklands

Our residential is quickly approaching and we are still waiting on a handful of consent forms. These need to be in school by Wednesday 14th June 2017 at the very latest please, as they are needed in order to complete various other documentation relating to our visit – without which we will be unable to attend. Paper copies have been sent home if they were not collected at the meeting before half term. You can print another copy by clicking the links below or you can can speak to the school office who will print you another copy for a small charge.

Parental Consent form – Oaklands 2017

Parental Consent Form – Wirral 2017

Homework: Fill in the ‘Making Keys’ activity sheet. Due Wednesday 14th June 2017.

Please view the link below for details of a Dragon Making Workshop at Heswall Primary School on Monday 19th June.

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Friday 9th June 2017

Summer 2nd Half Week 1 – 6 Weeks to go!

What an amazing first week back. We have been drawing, singing and playing together every day!

  • After our morning writing session with local author Sue Hoffmann, we drew our own dragon designs and have displayed them in the classroom. It is the most colourful our room has looked all year.
  • We have talked a lot about the Leavers Show, which is on Friday 14th July in the school hall. We can’t tell you too much about it, as we want it to be a surprise, but you may hear your child singing a lot more than usual around the house.
  • We won the attendance again this week! That means we are due another treat. We are having a movie/sports day on Friday 16th June.
  • On Friday we were treated to a morning with Mr Davies. Mr Kausen had left specific instructions for the children to write poems about they annoy him, however they decided they would write poems about how he annoyed them! How rude! You can read Mr Klausen’s poem and the Year 6 children’s response by clicking the links below…

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We still haven’t had all the New Brighton and Oaklands forms returned. Can we please have these on Monday.

 

Next Week:

  • Next week we have Pensby and Calday High School staff coming in to meet the children.
  • Tuesday is our class auditions for the Talent Show. We will then choose a winner to represent our class at the Final the following week.
  • On Tuesday our frist group of budding chefs will be making a quiche with our head cook Mrs Humpreys. Please click Cooking with Sue 2017 for more details. Next week’s chefs are Maddie, Lydia, Fabio, Anne-Marie, Gareth and Daniel.
  • On Thursday, Mr Spencer (our Chair of Governors) is going to treat us to a special maths lesson. How exciting!
  • On Friday we are having yet another Attendance Treat Day! Yes, we won AGAIN! We will spend the morning watching High School Musical together and then we will play some games in the hall and end the day up on the field. Any donations of cakes, crisps or biscuits would be much appreciated.

Weekend Homework:

  • If you are taking part in the Talent Show then you need to rehearse and be ready for Tuesday’s auditions.
  • Learn the lyrics to our new class song, Breaking Free. You can also sing along to the karaoke version by selecting the link below…
  • Save a plastic bottle for next week’s science lesson. Any size will do (1l, 2l, 3l etc…) as long as it has a small opening (like a coke bottle but NOT milk bottles, Oasis or Lucozade type).

Summer 2nd Half

Tuesday 13th June: Class auditions for Talent Show.

Tuesday 13th June: Pensby High School in to meet with the children.

Thursday 15th June: Calday Grange Grammar School into meet with the children.

Thursday 15th June: Father’s Day Gift Sale.

Friday 16th June: Attendance Treat Day. Children may come to school wearing ‘sporty’ clothes.

Friday 23rd June: Own clothes day in exchange for Summer Fair prizes.

Friday 23rd June: Talent Show Final.

Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June: Oaklands Residential.

Friday 30th June: Own clothes day in exchange for Summer Fair prizes. 

Tuesday 4th July: Personal Safety session with Judo instructor. In the school hall at 1pm. 

Friday 7th July: Race for Life. 

Saturday 8th July: Summer Fair.

Wednesday 12th July: High School Induction Day. Attend new High School wearing Pensby Primary School uniform.

Friday 14th July: Leavers’ 6:00pm till approx. 7:00pm. Children need to be in their school uniform (unless told otherwise) and in school by 5:45pm.

Monday 17th July: PTA Treat Day to New Brighton totally FREE. Children wear their own clothes. Lunch is provided. Arrive and leave school at the normal times.

Friday 21st July 2017: Last Day. Children may bring an old shirt to be signed and a permanent marker. Please note – We cannot sign anything that a child is wearing.

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Wednesday 7th June 2017

Homework: Continue to improve your bed making skills and keeping your room tidy in preparation for the Oaklands residential. Start ticking off the items on the kit list and make sure you have a case with wheels ready to pack!

If you haven’t already, you have three things to do for Friday…

1) Make sure you have brought in two photographs of yourself when you were younger (these will be returned).

2) Ask a parents/guardian to complete and return the New Brighton permission form (a paper copy was sent home before half term):

New Brighton, Leavers and Key Dates Letter.

3) Ask your parent/guardian to compete and return the both the Wirral and Oaklands Consent Forms (paper copies have been sent home):

Parental Consent form – Oaklands 2017

Parental Consent Form – Wirral 2017

It’s also not too late to purchase a signed copy of High King. Bring your money in on Friday and we’ll ask Sue to come back to school and sign a copy of her book for you.

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Monday 5th June 2017

Summer Term 2nd Half Week 1

We had a visit from local author Sue Hoffmann. She read extracts from her book High King. We designed our own new creature from a new land and wrote a descriptive passage about a dragon we had encountered!

Sue also signed copies of her book. She has offered to return to school on Friday and sign books for anyone who forgot to bring their £’7.49 in today.

You can read the first part of the book on the Amazon website by clicking the link below…

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In the afternoon we discussed the Talent Show. We are having our class auditions on Tuesday 13th June.

Homework: Find two photographs of when you were younger (but not a baby) and bring them to school on Wednesday please.

 

Friday 26th May

End of Summer First Half

Charity Day

Today we raised over £700 for charity!

Year 6 worked exceptionally hard to day to provide fun and games for all the other children in the school. They each managed their own stalls and raised an astonishing amount of money for their 4 chosen charities.

Isaac was a Super Star. He collected just over £200 today, which when added to the total he has already raised on his just giving page sends his total to over £767. He sat in front of the entire school and has his hair professionally shaved off!

Year 6 were treated to a delicious chippy dinner, courtesy of Gareth’s extremely generous mum, who had ordered and paid for 15 large portions of chips for us to enjoy! Thank you! We had help from Mr Davies, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Evans and Mrs Clark setting up the tables and pouring the juice.

Earlier this week…

We’ve worked hard this week to create two new classroom displays. The first is our DREAM display which incorporates many of the elements we utilised when writing our poems for the Young Writers competition. The second is our PORTRAIT display. We each followed a set of instructions to draw a self portrait. We then painted them and mounted them onto coloured card before displaying them for all to see. We hope you agree that our work looks fantastic! It was nice spending some time being creative…

Half Term Homework:

  • Learn to put on your pillow case and duvet cover. Learn how to make you bed and keep your bedroom tidy! All essential skills for your upcoming residential to Oaklands!
  • Letter Writing: Write a letter to Mrs Brown complaining about Mr Klausen making you write lots of poetry. If you enjoy writing lots of poetry, then write to Mrs Brown either complaining that you don’t do it enough, or that some of your friends are complaining that they don’t like it! Either way, write a letter of complaint. Letter of Complaint Examples

 

Key Dates:

Summer 2nd Half

  • Monday 5th June: Visit by local author Sue Hoffmann. Signed books available to buy on the day for £7.49 (please bring money in a named envelope if you wish to purchase a book).
  • Thursday 8th June: Election day. School closed.

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Charity Day – Isaac

As you are aware, Isaac has volunteered to have his hair shaved off as part of our Charity Day fundraiser this Friday. He has already set up a Just Giving Page, and at the time or writing has raised £462. That’s AMAZING! We are hoping to collect another £100 at Friday’s event. Isaac will have his hair shaved at a special assembly on Friday morning.

Isaac’s Just Giving Page

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Monday 22nd May 2017

Poetry. We shared our dream homework. We then completed the planning for our dream poems using the Young Writers video guide. Next we completed a dream jar, in which we drew/illustrated or write our dream ideas…

We then used our ideas to write a dream poem.

When we had shared, revised and edited our poems we published them onto the competition sheets to be sent off in the post… wish us luck!

Homework: Design a ‘line tag’ course. it can be a circle, rectangle or square. The winning course (chosen by Mrs Gilleece) will be recreated in full-scale on the playground for Wednesday’s PE lesson.

  • Tuesday 23rd May: Class and individual photos. Wear a jumper/cardigan and black shoes!
  • Wednesday 24th May: Any Charity Day materials/resources need to be in school by today (except for cakes/biscuits).
  • Thursday 25th May: Oaklands Meeting (for parents/carers only). 6:15pm (not 6:00pm).
  • Friday 26th May: Charity Day. Children can wear their own clothes to school. Lunch is provided for FREE (chip butties).

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Friday 19th May 2017

Summer 1st Half Week 5 – One week to go!

Once Upon A Dream - The BFPWe are entering a writing competition.  We have to write a poem inspired by our dreams. Whether it’s a real-life aspiration, a wonderful world created inside their mind or even influenced by a nightmare or fear, Once Upon A Dream is a fantastic way  to express ourselves!

With Once Upon A Dream, anything is possible…

Young Writers Competition details can be found by following this link:

Once Upon a Dream

We have spent most of this week preparing for Charity Day. After choosing our 4 charities, we worked in groups to research them. We used the iPads to find out when the charities started, what work they did and how they helped families. We used this information to create some posters to share in a special assembly.

We used the information to produce some facts sheets. We would need to refer to these for our writing task later in the week…

Next Week:

Charity Day is on Friday 26th May. Year 6 may come to school in their own clothes. We are planning to have chip butties for our lunch that day. If your child would prefer a school dinner or packed lunch then that is perfectly fine.

For more information about Charity Day, please refer to the following link: CHARITY DAY 2017 Information Letter.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Your child should have come home with a letter detailing Charity Day, PTA Treat Day and the Leavers’ Award Ceremony. You can view the letter by clicking HERE.

 

Weekend Homework: Write about a dream you have had. It could be real or made up. Refer to the guidance in the Once Upon a Dream lesson video HERE.

 

Key Dates: Summer term is very busy for Year 6. You will find the Key Dates on the ‘Important Information’ letter above.

  • Tuesday 23rd May: Class and individual photos. Wear a jumper/cardigan and black shoes!
  • Wednesday 24th May: Any Charity Day materials/resources need to be in school by today (except for cakes/biscuits).
  • Thursday 25th May: Oaklands Meeting (for parents/carers only). 6:15pm (not 6:00pm).
  • Friday 26th May: Charity Day. Children can wear their own clothes to school. Lunch is provided for FREE (chip butties).
  • Friday 26th May: Finish for Half Term break.

Summer 2nd Half

  • Monday 5th June: Visit by local author Sue Hoffmann. Signed books available to buy for £7.49.
  • Thursday 8th June: Election day. School closed.
  • Friday 14th July: Leavers’ 6:00pm till approx. 7:00pm. Children need to be in their school uniform (unless told otherwise) and in school by 5:45pm.
  • Monday 17th July: PTA Treat Day to New Brighton totally FREE. Children wear their own clothes. Lunch is provided. Arrive and leave school at the normal times.
  • Friday 21st July 2017: Last Day. Children may bring an old shirt to be signed and a permanent marker. Please note – We cannot sign anything that a child is wearing.

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CHARITY DAY 2017 Information Letter

On Friday 26th May, Year 6 will be holding their annual ‘Charity Day’ for all the children from Nursery to Year 5.

This year we have decided to share the money raised between Cancer Research UK, Autism Together, Claire House and Ronald McDonald House.

On Friday 26th May your child may come to school dressed in their own clothes.

Thank You

Mr Klausen

Monday 15th May 2017

Today has been mostly dedicated to preparing for Charity Day, which is on Friday 26th May.

We began the morning by looking at the features of persuasion and had to persuade Mr Klausen to give us some chocolates. We used emotive language to good effect and we even had some begging!

Persuasion come sin many forms and its features can largely be determined by the media in which it is to be presented. We viewed some classic TV adverts that used humour to persuade viewers to buy their products.

We then spoke about the various charities we wanted to support and gave reasons for our choices. We narrowed the list down and had a secret vote for our favourite. However, the decision was too close and they were all such well deserving charities that we decided to choose them all! So this year we are raising money for 4 charities that are close to our hearts. They are…

Request: Please send into school any unwanted teddy bears or nail varnish that we could use at the Charity Day event. Thank you.

Homework: Make a list of all the things you need for Charity Day. Cross them off as you get them. Bring everything into school by Wednesday 24th May 2017.

 Friday 12th May 2017

No More SATs!

We have successfully made it through SATs week. It has actually been great fun and has gone really quickly!

We ended the week with a mammoth, water enriched, extravaganza. A picture tells a thousand words… so here’s several thousand words…

Weekend Homework:

Have a think about which charity you would like to raise money for on our Charity Day.

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Wednesday 10th May 2017

SATs Week

SATs Update:

  • This week has been amazing! We have completed all but one of the SATs tests and so far it has gone really well!
  • On Monday we had the Reading paper – all those comprehension homework and challenging reading texts made a massive difference. The texts were challenging but we worked through them and appear to have done really well.
  • On Tuesday we had the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling tests. Again all the preparation we have done this year made all the difference. There wasn’t a question type on the paper that we hadn’t covered at some point this year.
  • Wednesday saw the biggest challenge yet, as we had two maths tests to do. As we are sitting the tests in two groups, the adults essentially had four tests to invigilate. As the children in each group are not allowed to come into contact with each other, we worked with military precision to move the groups around the school between each test. A big thank you has to go out to all the staff who are supporting the children this week. We must also mention the kitchen staff who have been in school extra early all week to prepare breakfast. It is wonderful to see all the children in together so early, enjoying some food and a drink and having a chat. It really relaxes the nerves.
  • We have pent each afternoon doing a bit of revision for the following days test and testing out our water balloons for Friday.

 

  • The whole school have been amazing at supporting us this week by remaining quiet in their classrooms during the tests. It isn’t easy keeping over 200 children quiet!
  • On Wednesday afternoon we had a PE lesson with a difference. We began by working in teams to try and turn over a mat we were standing on! We than had races on the mats across the hall and finally… We invented a new game we like to call ‘Sausage Rolls’, in which our team mates had to roll us across the finish line. Maybe we should just let the pictures explain…
  • Our final test in on Thursday morning. It should all be finished by 11:00am. We are then free to begin planning Charity Day, which is in just over two weeks time.
  • Friday is our fun party day.The children can come into school wearing their own comfortable clothes and will need to bring in a change of clothes (including a change of footwear and underwear) and a towel for our party games. They WILL get wet, and we will still be playing outside even if it rains!

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Friday 5th May 2017

Summer 1st Half Week 3

This Week:

This week has been fun. We have been exploring our new science topic of ‘Living Things’ and enjoyed some fun games both inside and outside the classroom. We split into three groups for a ‘Times Tables Challenge’ where we had a forfeit of either sit-ups, star-jumps or push-ups if we got the wrong answer! It was a fun and challenging game and some of us were deliberately getting the wrong answer so that we could run a lap of the playground!

In PE we had a great game of rounders on the school field. We pitched the boys against the girls and made the most of the nice weather. Hopefully we will get to play again next week.

Next Week:

SATs Week! Please refer to the information booklet sent home on 21st April , or you can view it online by clicking HERE. Please ensure your child gets to bed early and has a good night’s sleep. There will not be any homework next week.

Don’t forget a change of clothes for Friday’s party day! You WILL get wet.

Weekend Homework: Rest. Play games (of the outdoor or board variety), bounce on a trampoline, play catch, watch a movie, have a sleep in… be ready bright and early on Monday morning! See you at 8:15am for breakfast!

Key Dates:

  • Week Beginning 8th May – SATs week. An information booklet has been sent home with your child (Friday 21st April). You can also view it online by clicking the following link: 2017 SATs Information Booklet. During each day of the test week (including Friday), ‘bacon/sausage batches’ will be available to buy from 8:15 in the school Hall. They cost £1 each and are accompanied by a drink of either: water, tea or apple/orange juice. Cereals and toast are also available for a small donation. It is vital that the children get a good start to the day and it is also an excellent way to make sure that they are in on time! If you have any questions about SATs week then please contact the School Office. 
  • Friday 12th May – SATs Party Day. The children can come into school wearing their own comfortable clothes and will need to bring in a change of clothes (including a change of footwear and underwear) and a towel for our party games.
  • Tuesday 23rd May – Class and Individual Photos. Look nice and comb your hair! Please wear a school jumper/cardigan today.
  • Friday 26th May – Year 6 Charity Day. Morning. More details to follow!
  • Wednesday 12th July – Induction Day. All Day. Visit new High Schools on this day.
  • Friday 14th July – Leavers Ceremony. Evening. More details to follow.
  • Monday 17th July – PTA Year 6 Treat Day. All day. More details to follow.
  • Friday 21st July – Last day for Year 6 as Pensby Primary School pupils.

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Wednesday 3rd May 2017

This afternoon we used the ipads to review the photographs we took around the school grounds yesterday. We used Book Creator and PicCollage to showcase our photos and share a bit about what we had learnt about plants. These are just our first go… we will be revisiting them to make improvements later this week.

Homework: Review ‘statement’, ‘command’ and ‘question’ definitions in GPS A5 revision booklet. Revise different tense forms (past perfect etc…). Make sure you bring the booklet in to school tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday.

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Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Today we worked in our small groups looking at percentages and using bar modelling to calculate percentages of quantities.

After break we had a go at answering the comprehension questions we had set for homework. We discovered that it was more difficult writing the questions than answering them.

Some of us produced some wonderful posters to present our writing.

In the afternoon we completed the first part of our new science topic. We are finding out about organisms, in particular plants. We discovered that the term plants covers a vast range of different types with many features that are common between them.

We went on a plant hunt around the school and used the iPads to photograph what we found.

Tomorrow we are going to use the pictures that we’ve taken to create an eBook and to make a key to sort them. 

Homework: 

  1. Times Tables. Times Tables will be tested tomorrow morning – make sure you know them all!
  2. Answer the question: Why do leaves fall off trees?
  3. What time of year will you find conkers on the ground and why?
  4. PE kit for tomorrow. Indoor kit with a spare warm top please.

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Friday 28th April 2017

Summer 1st Half, Week 2

This week:

  • It has been a tiring week, we are really ready for the SATs tests now…
  • Each morning we have been working in our small groups, revising what we have learnt in Maths, Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.
  • In PE on Wednesday, the boys fought back to win our team games by 4 to 1. We still have one game to finish in next week’s session.

Next Week: 

  • We are thinking about completing some art tasks to brighten up the classroom.
  • There is a poetry competition that some of us may want to enter.
  • We will be working in our small groups for just one hour each day.
  • Mrs Brown will be checking our Times Tables each day.
  • Next week is only 4 days too…
  • On Thursday we will be asked to decide what we would like for breakfast on Monday, a sausage or a bacon butty?

Bank Holiday Weekend Homework – Comprehension Book, pages 32 and 33. Write a persuasive text (could be a letter, speech, poster…) and write some comprehension questions about it. You can test your friends when we return to school on Tuesday. Due Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

 

Key Dates:

  • Monday 1st May – Bank Holiday. School Closed.
  • Week Beginning 8th May – SATs week. An information booklet has been sent home with your child today (Friday 21st April). You can also view it online by clicking the following link: 2017 SATs Information Booklet. During each day of the test week (including Friday), ‘bacon/sausage butties’ will be available to buy from 8:15 in the school Hall. They cost £1 each and are accompanied by a drink of either: water, tea or juice. Cereals and toast are also available for a small donation. It is vital that the children get a good start to the day and it is also an excellent way to make sure that they are in on time! If you have any questions about SATs week then please contact the School Office. 
  • Friday 12th May – SATs Party Day. The children can come into school wearing their own comfortable clothes and will need to bring in a change of clothes (including a change of footwear and underwear) and a towel for our party games.

Activities in Year 5

Last week (w/c 12th June)

We continued with shape and symmetry in a bid to complete this so that we can spend more time next week on translation of shapes.

Ancient Greece – we have moved onto Democracy and have been researching how Ancient Greece was organised and ruled. We compared the Ancient Greek rules and regulations to that of modern day and the UK’s stance on democracy. This lead to a few different interesting conversations but the children seem to enjoy learning more about their culture and being able to compare it with others. We will be moving onto the city states of Ancient Greece and Athens v Sparta.

The children worked in groups to collect information on Buddhism and create a mind map of their own so they could swap facts and learn about this faith and belief from each other.

Swimming Team year 5 & 6

Huge congratulations to our swimming teams in year 5 and year 6 as they took part in the West Wirral Swimming Gala at Leasowe last week and finished 7th, which was fantastic. We are exceptionally proud of all of the children as it was a highly competitive and exciting event and they coped brilliantly. We returned home tired but ecstatic, as we collected a few more medals this year and seemed to have more to cheer about. Thank you to all of our parents that supported us.

Football Squad

Congratulations to Year 5 & 4 football squad who took part in the Dodd Cup at Heswall last week and finished joint 5th. They played exceptionally well and gave their all in each game. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Netball Squad

Year 5&6 will be participating in their first tournament this week at Pensby High School. Letters and permission slips have been sent home. Any questions please contact the office who will pass any messages on.

Reminder for parents that we have been invited to Heswall Primary School next week – Tuesday 27th June as part of the Cressida Cowell celebrations. We require permission slips to be completed and returned to school as soon as possible please. The letter and information can be found on our web page and then select the office tap at the top of your screen.

Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils are invited to a dragon/dragonfly making workshop at Heswall Primary School. This session is for pupils from Heswall Primary and Pensby Primary who will be attending the Cressida Cowell talk on Tuesday 27th June. This workshop takes place on Monday 19th June with all details attached to the link below. Please can we emphasis that adults will need to stay with pupils during this workshop and all slips need to be signed and into school by Friday 16th June.

DRAGON MAKING WORKSHOP

11+ and Secondary Transfer Presentation

These links will take you to the Secondary Transfer Presentation given to year 5 parents recently and to the 11+ guidance document issued to year 5 parents last year.

11 + Wirral-Familiarisation-Booklet-2016

Secondary Coordinated Scheme Presentation 2018-19 (1)

Friday 9th June

We only have 7 weeks left this term and we have so much to do.

The children are continuing with their morning booster sessions this term which includes reading, focusing on comprehension skills such as inference, fact retrieval, language and word meaning using a variety of texts. Maths is also a focus in our sessions as we are covering times tables, revision of all operations, place value and conversions.

We have finished a 3D shape investigation and even looked at Pringles and their 3D name as well as other unfamiliar 3D shapes. We then tried to visualise the nets and made models from art straws. We then progressed to symmetry and reflection will hopefully move towards translation.

Literacy – War of the Worlds. We have produced some fantastic pieces of writing; very descriptive and produced as a group, with the children sharing their visions and ideas.

History/Geography – Ancient Greece. We have started our new topic Ancient Greece with Alexander the Great. We have discussed the word Empire and prior knowledge of other Empires and their position on our History timeline and how and why they grow. We became familiar with the map of Ancient Greece and the lands and areas that were conquered and were part o the Empire.

Homework this week is attached below and is due in Monday 12th June.

Homework – greek timeline

West Wirral Swimming Gala – a reminder to Year 5 and Year 6 swimming teams that the Gala is Monday 12th June. Please see Mrs Gilleece for information regarding details of time and location.

Charity Day 2017

Disco Dancing year 5 style!

Half Term – school closes Friday 26th May and will re open Monday 5th June.

This week in year 5 we will be putting the finishing touches to our wonderful art portfolio’s, as inspired by Claude Monet. We will be starting our morning booster sessions for reading and writing where we will aim to revise and strengthen skills. Continue with area of compound shapes, triangles and even circles!

So far we have been enjoying listening to and reading Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds and will plan our next extended piece of writing.

The children will also be able to progress with their embroidery skills with the help of Mrs Robson. They look fantastic, with the children really enjoying the precision, patience and creativeness it takes to master the needle and thread!

Heswall Primary School and Pensby Primary School Book Event – 27th June 2017

Please read the attached letter below for more details.

Cressida Cowell letter

Logo competition – open to all pupils

Logo competition

Homework  – As part of our British Values topic, we have been talking about democracy, parliament, the role of MP’s and in particular the up and coming election. We have asked to research the parties involved in the election and discuss their ‘promises’ or manifesto topics ready to present to the rest of the class on Thursday.

Practice and secure 8 times tables.

CHARITY DAY 2017

On Friday 26th May, Year 6 will be holding their annual ‘Charity Day’ for all the children from Nursery to

Year 5.

Every year the children in Year 6 plan, prepare and manage their own fun activities and games for all the other children in the school to enjoy. Many of the games offer prizes, all of which have been bought by the children in Year 6 (and their families).

The aim of the day is to raise as much money as possible for a charity (or charities) chosen by the children in Year 6. This year we have decided to share the money raised between Cancer Research UK, Autism Together, Claire House and Ronald McDonald House.

On Friday 26th May your child may come to school dressed in their own clothes.

Throughout the morning your child will be able to take part in a variety of activities and games. These range from ‘Hair Styling’ to ‘Beat the Goalie’ and cost between 20p and 50p a go. There will be prizes on offer (mostly sweets) and it will be a fun and engaging morning. Please inform your child’s teacher if your child has any allergies that may be affected by face paint, tattoos, hair spray/gel etc.

 

One of our year 6 boys has also volunteered to have his hair shaved off if he can raise more than £100 on the day!

It would be helpful if your child could bring in ‘change’ and not £1 coins or notes, in a clearly labelled container/purse.

If your child normally has toast in the morning, this will go ahead as usual.

Friday  12th May

Congratulations to year 6 who have completed their SATs this week and a special thank you to our wonderful Year 5 class who were so thoughtful and mature. We are really proud of you all and we know that year 6 have appreciated your support. As a treat Mr Klausen kindly treated our class to a few party nibbles this afternoon. Thank you.

This week has been a combination of comprehension, maths and art. We have really tried to sharpen our reading skills by using a variety of texts and questions and of course the children have worked hard to progress and improve their understanding. We have also continued with Geometry and worked on a challenging investigation, where the children were asked to draw their full names, using squared paper and no more than 10 squares per letter. This was interesting yet enjoyable activity with great results.

As a class we have decided to link our geography with art and focus on rivers and Claude Monet’s masterpiece’s. We have looked at Monet’s work, with the children producing their own interpretations using pastels, water colours, shading pencils to create their own portfolios. We have also included our Collage pieces of Queen Elizabeth II and embroidery squares. Hopefully we can then show case this next term.

We have handed out a number of leaflets this past week regarding open days for various High Schools. In particular 11+ information has also been handed out with details as to how parents can apply for the tests. If parents require additional information please contact the school office as we will be hosting a parents meeting soon.

Also we would like to remind any parents wishing their daughter to sit the Upton Hall Entrance Examination for a place in Year 7 in September 2018 that the deadline for submission of application forms is Monday 10 July 2017.
Application Forms should be completed online, using the link: http://uptonhallnew.ng1.devwebsite.co.uk/form/?pid=7&form=19  or downloaded and sent directly to Mrs D Taylor, Data Manager, Upton Hall School FCJ, Upton, Wirral CH49 6LJ.

Details of the Entrance Examination will be sent to parents who have submitted an application towards the end of August.
A reminder also that Parent Previews are being held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May from 9.00 – 10.30 am and 11.00 – 12.30 pm.  Our Open Evening takes place on Thursday 22 June from 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm.

Friday 5th May

Homework this week is based on geography and rivers. In class we have been learning about the journey of a river and in particular the River Thames. Therefore the activity is to compare the River Thames to our local river, the River Mersey and collect and retrieve information about both rivers to then record findings using their own words ready to present on Monday.

Over the last two weeks year 5 have secured their understanding of angles, showing how they can calculate angles, measure, identify and draw a variety of angles. We have made progress this week and will move onto the next stage of geometry and focus on area and perimeter.

We have been journalists this week and have tried to up level our reporting skills from the previous week by editing sentences, ensuring we use the correct tense, check spellings, organise sentences into paragraphs by understanding when to start a new one, know the difference between fact and opinion and answer the 5 W’s in detail.

We have linked history with geography this week by working together in groups to order a timeline of events that focus on the River Thames, dating back from 43AD to present day.

Over the last two weeks we have also researched significant female figures and linked them with British History and British values such as Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale, Queen Elizabeth II and Theresa May. We have discussed and identified their key roles within our society, past and present and how their decisions and their work has had, and is having an impact on our society today. We have achieved this through our guided reading tasks over the last two weeks.

The latest newsletter is now available on our documents page, which details the important dates for the diary and has the latest Ofsted information for parents to read.

W/C  24th April – Spellings

This weeks spellings for yellow, blue and green groups. As chosen by the children ready for our spelling review Friday 28th April.

Welcome back

Summer term begins – w/c 18th April – 21st April

So far this week we have re-adjusted and started to prepare for another busy, short term.

The children have already completed their first piece of extended writing, which linked with Science. They were asked to explain and inform their audience about the phases of the moon. We have also tried to edit their work and looked at how their writing should be organised.

Maths – we begin this term with Geometry and in particular Angles. We have looked at acute and obtuse angles, estimating and measuring a range of different angles and the children have familiarised themselves with using a protractor.

Art – we have continued with our love for sketching and have focused our efforts towards the Queen and her reign. We have also looked at her life and a timeline of some key events. This also forms the basis for our homework this week. The children have been asked to collect as many interesting and maybe unusual facts about the queen’s life and present them in a poster, piece of writing or fact box format. The second task is to also record and draw a timeline of key events. Due in Tuesday 25th April.

 

E-Safety – It has unfortunately come to our attention that our children still have a number of applications on their electronic devices that have a set age limit and are also not permitted within school. We have discussed the dangers of these applications and how the children and parents need to fully understand the possible safety issues surrounding these. There are set age restrictions for a reason!

Facebook – minimum age 13

Snapchat – minimum age 13

WhatsApp – minimum age 16

Skype – minimum age 13

Musical.ly – not permitted in school. Parents would be advised to check their children’s devises and in particular check their privacy settings and their followers if their child has and uses this application.

All clubs begin next week – Monday 24th April with a new club being introduced Thursday during lunch times  12 – 12.30pm for years 3 – 6. All willing participants are to hand their club request forms into their class teachers or the school office.

KS2 Netball –  Wednesday 3.30 – 4.30pm and KS2 Football – Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm.

Easter holiday – Friday 31st March – school closes and re opens Tuesday 18th March.

Week commencing 20th March

This week we were lucky enough to be invited by Calday Grammar School to yet another one of their stunning performances, at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. It was a great production of Jungle Book, with the children thoroughly enjoying their adaptation. As a gift and a token of their generosity they handed out a copy of the Jungle Book 2016 to each school and as a follow on from our visit we have arranged for this to be shown in school Friday 25th March.

Friday 24th March

Jungle Book viewing. Years 4, 5 and 6 can watch The Jungle Book (2016) together in the hall. The movie was gifted to use by Calday Grammar school as a thank you to the children in Years 4 and 5 who went to see their performance at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton yesterday. The film is rated PG, so please let us know if you do not want your child to watch the movie by contacting the school office. Click on the following link for more information about the movie and its content: Common Sense Media – Jungle Book 2016.

Our class relocated to the hall this week and worked on finalising their Macbeth adaptations and to film their science productions.

Filming went well with only a few takes!! A huge thank you to Mrs Shaw for all of her help and expertise, as we really appreciated your input and time. Hopefully after Easter we can see the finished article on screen.

Next week we will be focusing on improving our descriptive language and looking at science fiction with Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.

Also this week we were spoilt by Mrs Robson who made 34 Butterfly Cup Cakes, enough for one each. They were a delicious treat and were very much appreciated by all of us. Thank you Mrs Robson.

Homework – Friday 24th March – Spelling CGP Books – Please complete ready for next weeks SPaG lessons, page 23 words ending in ‘ably and ibly.’ Page 24 – words ending in ‘al,’ ‘el’ and ‘le.’ Page 25 – words ending in ‘sure’ and ‘ture.’

Friday 18th March

Another lovely week in Year 5 and with a rather eventful trip to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic! Our afternoon excursion was very entertaining with the children experiencing the delightful sounds of a full orchestra. They were amazed and loved every minute of each performance. We had fantastic seats right at the front and their behaviour was outstanding – we were extremely proud of them.

Our next trip is Tuesday 21st March at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton. We will arrive back at normal school time – 3.30pm.

This week:

This week we have analysed all of the space posters, this was part of last weeks homework.They are all very colourful and packed full of information – excellent job. We have extended our space discussions to include phases of the moon, up levelled our vocabulary and key words linked to space and decided which targets we have achieved so far.

Grammar – we have continued with dictionary work and promotion of PROOF READING. Also reviewing prepositions, co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

Maths – trying to secure multiplying decimals. We began our journey with x10, 100 and 1000 and even attempted division. We then moved onto multiplying by 1dp and 2dp which requires a little more work before we progress any further. We will get there. Homework this week is decimals and a number of revision questions based on the work we have covered in class – due in Monday.

The latest newsletter is available to read from the documents option on the main page of the school website. Please read this if you get a chance as it will help to guide you through the reports and how you can access up to date assessment information on your child.

Friday 10th March

This week we have completed our jigsaws – finally! They look fantastic and the children have worked tirelessly, using their own time to finish them.

The children have also completed their Geography posters and have worked successfully with a different partner to note the differences between the British Isles and United Kingdom, locate English Cities and identify the Counties in England. They look great and the children have thoroughly enjoyed each session. This adds information to our Geography working wall which is still progressing, but shows the learning journey so far.

SPaG – by request we have reviewed speech and in particular we have tried to secure our understanding of direct and indirect speech, and as a result we have produced another working wall to help aid our understanding and to help us retain the main points using the examples.

Macbeth – we have focused on the banquet scene this week and ordered the events of the play and understanding the plot and traits of the Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. The children have also started to plan their own scene to add to Macbeth.

Reading – one of the classes favourite subjects! We have turned our attention to historical non – fiction reports based on Pompeii and reviewing different techniques to answering questions based on persuasive texts.

Maths – another week of decimals which included rounding, doubling and halving races, talking squares,  WODB (which one doesn’t belong) and sleigh ride (our Friday investigation). Next week we can progress to multiplying and dividing decimals and then focus on percentages.

Homework – Science Homework -08.03.17

A reminder regarding our planned Royal Philharmonic Trip – Tuesday 14th March, details are attached to last weeks news below.

Friday 3rd March

First week back after half term and goodness it was a busy one! It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening as we really enjoy our discussions and sharing your child’s achievements so far. Thank you for coming.

The children are continuing to work hard on their comprehension skills, therefore we have read a variety of texts already this week. One focus has been William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as we plan to produce an extended piece of writing based the famous play and develop our improvisation skills.

Maths has progressed to decimals this week with the children ordering, rounding and understanding comparisons up to 3 decimal places. Of course this is then transferred to reasoning and problem solving.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar has been interesting this week with fronted adverbials, spelling reviews and new targets set for punctuation. We have also developed a new game which we aim to repeat each week that will review and help us to revise specific areas of SPaG.

We have also enjoyed exploring the British Isles, United Kingdom, English Counties and Cities this week alongside new partners, hence improving our social skills and team spirit. Everyone has worked hard to produce excellent work for each other.

During our class worship time we have discussed many of the topics making headlines, but in particular Shrove Tuesday, Lent and the build up to Easter. Linked with this the children were also able to compete for bragging rights in our Pancake Flipping Competition. Those who decided to participate were given 1 pancake, 1 pan and 60 seconds to make it flip as many times as possible. Some of us were rather gentle, some were a little heavy handed, some of us require target practice and some of us need to give others a chance..(Mrs Robson). Not that we are competitive in year 5! The score to beat was (apparently) 44 flips?

This month we have two exciting trips planned. Tuesday 14th March – visit to The Royal Philharmonic and Tuesday 21st March – visit to the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton to watch Calday Grammar Schools production of The Jungle Book.

Information for parents is detailed below.

Year 4 and 5 Floral Letter 2017

For important information about our afternoon visit to The Royal Philharmonic, please click the following link:

Liverpool Philharmonic Museum March 2017

Half Term Homework

This week we have progressed from fractions to decimals and therefore we have asked the children to complete a number of mymaths decimal challenges, that reviews a number of activities we have used in the classroom.

The second task this half term is for the children to complete two comprehensions. One is ‘Why Recycle’ and can be found in the children’s own CGP books on page 6 and a separate Michael Morpurgo text called ‘Listen to the Moon.’ Yellow group have their own ‘Big Ben Gets A Bath.’

BIG BEN GETS A BATH

Narrative-Listen-to-the-Moon

Of course and as expected we would also ask that the children continue to read over the holidays and record this in their homework diaries, ready for this to be handed in Monday 27th February.

The children have worked hard with their assessments this week and are really progressing and we don’t want to let this slip, hence why we have issued homework to just keep their skills sharp.

Have a lovely week off and we look forward to seeing the children Monday 27th February and seeing parents Wednesday 1st March for parents evening. Appointments can still be made!

Dates for the diary

Valentines Disco – Years 3 to 6 disco starts at 4.30pm and ends at 5.30pm. Children are not allowed to walk home after the disco and must be collected by an adult. It costs £1 per child and some money will also be needed to sweets and drinks.

Pancake flip Tuesday 28th February. The sponsor form is next to this newsletter. Funds are being raised to purchase a playground canopy so that the children have more shade in the summer – it’s what they have asked for! Instructions and rules can also be found on the sponsor form.

Reports – will be available to view from Thursday 16th February and will be available for 2 weeks.

This week in year 5

  • Maths – completed our work on fractions with the children securing their skills by multiplying fractions together, multiplying mixed numbers and improper fractions. We move onto decimals next.
  • Literacy – guided reading Alice in Wonderland. We looked at Lewis Carroll and completed an author study, whilst discussing chapters, characters, events and comparing texts.
  • Science – children are moving along with their  scripts for their space programme focusing on the solar system, lunar month and day and night. Hopefully we can start to film after half term.
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation – our main focus this week has been relative clauses, modal verbs and adverbs.
  • Homework – to read (3 times at least), estimating/rounding and analysing bus time tables.

Please can we remind parents that we check homework diaries every Monday and we would like parents to sign their child’s book to confirm the  have completed their tasks as expected. We would appreciate parents support with this, thank you.

Sign2Sing

The children did a great job and sang their hearts out as the song was a tough one. Their signing was also fantastic, however we still need everyone’s £1’s. Please ,if you are yet to give, drop it by the office on Monday.

Finally after weeks of devoting lunchtimes and free time one of our groups has completed their 500 piece jigsaw. A great achievement, with the children proving that they have excellent skills to work together as a team.

Friday 3rd February

This week in year 5

  • Maths – groups have really progressed with fractions with a focus on addition and subtraction using mixed numbers and improper fractions. Its great to see the children become so confident and have that ‘lightbulb’ moment.
  • Literacy – Romeo and Juliet – we selected a scene from the play and took on different roles trying to use expression. We identified different features of a play script, watched the national theatre production of the play to see how the professionals do it! The children have used one of the scenes to secure their use of speech by writing dialogue between two characters. We were really impressed with some of the conversations.

 

  • Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation – our main focus has been pronouns, looking at personal, possessive, relative and determiners! In line with literacy we have tried to perfect our understanding and application of inverted commas and direct speech. Our spellings have improved this week with one group learning exceptionally hard spellings that were exceptionally hard to pronounce, never mind spell!!!! Apologies parents. Great challenge though, and one that the children requested, well most of them.
  • Science – Space. The children have been so enthusiastic so far with so many members of our class demonstrating their scientific knowledge. We have had a number of mini enquiries already with homework set around this topic.

Homework – Homework 02.02.17

Friday 27th January

Under the stars was a fantastic evening and our children were amazed by what they learnt,  despite the chilly temperatures, the event was a great success. Thank you to all of our families who supported the evenings activities.

Our focus this week has been to further develop our knowledge and understanding of fractions – improper and mixed fractions together with a range of reasoning and problem solving activities. We have also sharpened our multiplication skills with our x7,8,9 and 12 times tables, recalling and reciting facts at pace.

Our Spanish theme was to recall months of the year and to communicate our date of birth via a few interesting games and conversations.

The children were amazed and stunned during our discussions surrounding the Holocaust, examining the events via a timeline activity and reading various snippets from Anne Franks Diary, watching clips about her life and studying the annex and house where she hid. The children thought about how lucky they are to be free and to value the historic victory for Great Britain in WW2. In groups they thought of some interesting questions that they would ask Anne Frank.

We have really progressed with our Yoga, now sustaining 30, full minutes of movements that require a good level of balance, coordination and strength.

Spellings for each group are issued at the beginning of each week (Monday) and we request that they are looked at, analysed, practised and perfected ready for our spelling review on Friday.

We have worked hard to secure our grammar, spelling and punctuation topics each week and so this week we have continued with an overview on suffixes, commas, dashes and  brackets, hyphens and nouns.

Homework – Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. Children have been set a number of questions to answer and return to school on Monday 30th January, along with their reading record and becoming familiar with the Anne Frank Diary via www.annefrank.org.

Please can we remind parents that Homework Diary’s need to be returned to school signed and with homework every Monday. Please can we request that parents encourage children to be responsible for their own belongings and promote further independence by encouraging them to be ready and prepared for the next school day. Your support is very much appreciated.

Friday 20th January 2017

Year 5 have enjoyed a lovely week continuing with Romeo and Juliet and in particular studying Shakespearean language and comparing their findings with modern day language. The children worked in groups to identify some well known lyrics by well known artists and were great at decoding.

We have reasoned our way through improper fractions and mixed numbers in maths, which was at first a little tricky to understand but by the end of the week we managed to show great progress. The children have also been revising their times table skills so that they can start to recall at speed and with increased confidence.

In PE we have continued to improve our posture and flexibility through a second week of yoga, with a little bit of wizardry we saw a few magic moves! Although balance and core strength is something we need to continue to strengthen.

Science was also an interesting session this week with the children working together in pairs to design a boat from foil, focusing on shape and understanding how this was an important factor to their investigation. This was part of our water resistance week and is part of this weeks homework.

 

Homework – Homework – 19.01.17

Friday 13th January 2017

Welcome back and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We have dusted ourselves off and started as we mean to go on.

This week the children have worked hard to understand fractions and their equivalents and have started to develop new reasoning skills. We have started to appreciate English Literature as the children have been introduced to William Shakespeare and his work. In particular Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Midsummer Nights Dream. This will be our topic for the this term.

Throughout this half term we will also be looking at starting our new science topic – Space, reading a new class novel, developing our posture, strength and mindfulness in PE with Yoga and learning about climate change.

The latest newsletter for the start of term is now available to read on our webpage and this includes information about the up and coming science events taking place at Heswall Primary.

Wirral Science Under the Stars Flyer

Lantern Making Workshop

Thursday 22nd December

Merry Christmas from Year 5.

We have really enjoyed our final four days of the autumn term, as we have completed the Pensby Air Force display, and showcased the children’s creativeness using sketches and models. They look fantastic.

The children have also produced their own Christmas Card designs and decorations. We have completed our Battle of Britain historical reports with the children assessing their own in great detail. We have also reviewed our Spanish greetings, finished Christmas coordinates, organised Christmas facts and opinions and held our very own history/geography based Christmas quiz.

Below are details of two new and exciting workshops that families can participate in during the New Year.

Wirral Science Under the Stars

Lantern Making Workshop

Remember we return to school Monday 9th January. Have a lovely Christmas break!

Friday 16th December

We started our week with three fantastic performances from the whole school, however we were exceptionally proud of year 5 as they sang their hearts out and were truly amazing. We were so luck to have been able to perform with a live band from Wirral Grammar School.

To top this off we have been busy testing our entrepreneurial skills making unicorn bark and pricing items for our Bric or Brac stall, all for the Christmas Fair, which was a great success.The children were busy rushing between the stalls all having a fabulous time. We were also lucky to have a very special visitor at school today – Father Christmas managed to see and speak to all of the children.

Homework this week is attached below.

Homework 15.12.16

This week has flown by but we have tested this terms progress and continued with statistics and redrafting Battle of Britain reports.

Congratulations to another talented member of our class who competed in a county tennis tournament and finished in 3rd place, to then qualify through to the regional finals, which will be held in April 2017.

Next week

Tuesday 20th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch.

Thursday 22nd December: Last Day of Autumn Term – finish for Christmas holiday

Friday 9th December

In the build up to Christmas we have enjoyed a film night where the children managed to eat Hotdogs, chips, and watch a festive film with their friends.

We have been trying to finish our Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster Bombers. We are nearly there. Just one more week before we have our very own fleet.

Continuing with our e safety theme by discussing on line safety in detail along with setting a number of parent/pupil activities for homework.

In PE our groups have worked hard with Mr Glendenning this week, developing their skills and progress into a match situation. We have some very talented members of our class who have shared their dance achievements with the class showcasing their strengths and educating us on different techniques.

Congratulations.

Next week we should be completing Battle of Britain reports, as our main focus this week has been European Geography, especially countries and capital cities. The children were so enthusiastic that they extended their learning to the world. We played a number of different games to test our knowledge and boost our team scores.

Monday 12th December: Christmas Performances. Dress rehearsal at 11:00am. Performances at 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Ticket only. Year 5 children are to wear regal costumes to represent Kings, as we are performing ‘We Three Kings.’ All the children have made a crown to wear for their performance and so just all black attire is required please.

Friday 16th December: Christmas Jumper Day – non uniform day in exchange for £1.

Friday 16th December (a busy day): Christmas Fair –children will need some spending money.

Tuesday 20th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch.

Thursday 22nd December: Last Day of Autumn Term – finish for Christmas holiday.

Friday 2nd December

Social media

This week as part of our class worship and as part of our curriculum we have been discussing social media – the dangers and the benefits. The children realise that we use the Internet on a regular basis as part of our learning, however this week we have been discussing the use of social media at home. We have addressed a number of issues such as friendship circles, text messages, emails, privacy settings for applications. In school, we have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.

Year 5 have really listened to our advice and have decided to discuss this with parents at home. We have asked our class to watch the video on our e-safety parents page by CEOP and then read through our tips – it strongly illustrates why we should all be aware of our children’s safety online.

We have also started to discuss Judaism and the rules surrounding different beliefs around the world and in particular the 10 commandments. The children created their own 10 commandments for school. We will then progress onto signs and symbols and beliefs, then onto Christmas and advent.

The children have worked hard to try and improve their time skills this week with various games and activities as well as polishing their problem solving skills. They have even prepared a presentation on time for the children in year 2, where they plan will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding on the subject. Hopefully this will be delivered next week.

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The Spitfires and Hurricanes are in the hangers waiting to be painted accordingly as the class have been busy planning their report on the Battle of Britain and swapping facts and information. With a member of our class sharing their family’s heirlooms and heritage from WW2, also telling us the story behind the historic items. We really enjoyed looking at them all.

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We completed our final day of Bikeability with the children thoroughly enjoying their course. All badges and certificates have been issued and handed out to the children this week. They were a credit to the school and their families with the instructors commenting on their behaviour. Excellent job everyone, we are very proud of you all.

Our Christmas decorations are starting to surface, slowly. However we have created a Christmas theme for our classroom door. This will showcase the Christmas phrases and greetings in Spanish that we will be learning.

Homework – revision of’ ible’ and ‘able’ words from our spelling review this week. Children have been asked to find the meaning of their words and then create interesting and descriptive sentences with each word.

Finally, many thanks to you for your generous donations to Thompson’s Mission, our charity this Christmas – we have received such a wonderful amount of items that will be distributed to the homeless. Mr Klausen and Mrs Toal will be delivering them to the drop-off points this weekend.

Dates for your diary

Film Night – Thursday 8th December

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Monday 12th December: Christmas Performances. Dress rehearsal at 11:00am. Performances at 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Ticket only. Year 5 children are to wear regal costumes to represent Kings, as we are performing ‘We Three Kings.’ Regal colours, such as navy/gold/green and a gold tinsel belt and maybe a homemade crown?

Friday 16th December: Christmas Jumper Day – non uniform day in exchange for £1.

Friday 16th December (a busy day): Christmas Fair –children will need some spending money.

Tuesday 20th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch.

Thursday 22nd December: Last Day of Autumn Term – finish for Christmas holiday.

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Friday 25th November

Homework this week – Time.

We have been extremely competitive this week as the children have competed for the best overall time using our ‘Stop the Clock’ game, where we have matched analogue and digital times under pressure! Our latest record is 15 seconds!

Therefore we have asked for the children to come up with a presentation about Time and present this to their audience next week. Year 2! Their task is to explain why we use time, how we use it, why it is important especially within school, at home, as a society and how this links to our life skills and the real world. They will also try and put together a lesson on how to teach Time to year 2, referencing the 12hour and 24 hour clock and any equipment or props they will need. The children will also ask their adults to explain Time and discuss their answers as part of this task.

Good Luck.

Year 5 Bikeability

Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions on Monday we were forced to re arrange our second Bikeability session. However, we can confirm that our second session will (fingers crossed) be Thursday 1st December. Children will need to bring their bikes, helmets, snacks and all weather clothing with them that morning.

Netball and Football

This is the last week for both clubs, which will re start in the spring term.

Friday 18th November

Click here – Film Night 2016

This week:

  • Division and fractions – completed investigations involving equivalent fractions, patterns to simplify fractions and comparing fractions using < and >.
  • Completed UFO diary recounts with the children trying to use adverbials they have been experimenting with all week. Some of their recounts were fabulous.
  • Spelling review – improved results this week with groups learning their spellings and showing how they can apply them to their written work, along with commas and colons.
  • DT – started to craft our own Pensby Air force using plastic bottles to aid our design. This will be completed next week and linked to WW2.
  • First week of Bikeability complete with the children feeling the pace. They thoroughly enjoyed their experience and are excited and ready for their next session on Monday 21st November. Please remember your bikes, helmets and clothing especially coats as the temperature has started to drop and the rain has been a common theme this week, therefore we need to ensure the children are dressed for the occasion.
  • Swimming – the majority of our class have achieved their 25m and are now developing their bi lateral breathing techniques and confidence with their strokes.
  • We have celebrated success in sports this week with a member of our class gaining a gold medal and first position in her gymnastic competition. We are extremely proud of her achievements and her dedication!
  • Our year six football team competed in the Premiership Schools Tournament at LFC Academy. We had a fantastic morning with the children experiencing the highs and lows of competitive sport and the unpredictable weather! We were extremely proud of our squad and the way they played. Even though they were soaked to the skin they showed great sporting qualities and all came home with certificates and a goodie bag, which was presented to them by a special guest!

Homework – Fractions – finding amounts of and MyMaths activities covering equivalent and improper fractions.

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Friday 11th November

A cold and wet week with no rainbows unfortunately, however the children are now arriving with coats which keep them wrapped up and warm during break times.

We have started our 6 week swimming programme with all of the children really enjoying their sessions and everyone managed to remember their kits. We were most impressed.

Football and Netball club have started again and will be held each week after school until 4.30pm. Our last sessions before Christmas will be Wednesday 23rd November and Thursday 24th November. There will be a lunchtime club starting next week, Wednesday 16th November at 12.30pm in the school hall which will focus on building basic skills and increase children’ s confidence within the game. We will be focusing on progressing with year4/5 and year 6 squads only on Thursdays as of next week.

Year 6 squad have been invited to compete in Premier League Schools Tournament next week which will be held at Liverpool Football Clubs Academy. The squad are really excited, however all forms and permission slips need to be handed in on Monday 14th November .

Bikeability will start for year 5 on Monday 14th November, please can all children taking part ensure they arrive in school with their bikes, helmets and adequate clothing.

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This week in year 5

  • Continued with recounts and experimented with adverbials for time/number and place whilst using independent clauses, based on UFO’s.
  • Revised our division skills with written methods, problem solving and groups creating their own questions. Fractions – simplifying and finding equivalents through reasoning or Fraction Friday as we now call it in year 5.
  • Spelling – continued with our weekly review with the children looking forward to our 5 bonus spellings.
  • WW2 – The evacuation of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo. The children developed an understanding of the events leading up to Dunkirk and the feelings of some of the people involved in the evacuation, especially the soldiers. We discussed why there was a need to evacuate soldiers and the role the little ships of Britain played in the evacuations.
  • We discussed as part of our class worship, remembrance day, using War Game by Michael Foreman as a focal point. The children participated in our 2 minute silence as a mark of our respect and we were very proud of their efforts.

Friday 4th November 2016

Welcome back after half term, what an interesting week it has been and what a great view from our classroom window this morning.

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There was a great response to our firework display yesterday with a large number of families and friends supporting our school. The display was excellent and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

The beginning of this week the children were buzzing with excitement as they all seemed to be looking forward to Halloween, however this did not filter over into our lessons. In fact the children seemed to be refreshed and ready to learn.

A couple of reminders ready for next week so that the children are prepared.

  1. Swimming for year 5 – this will start Friday 11th November with children attended lesson in small groups throughout the afternoon. Please can all children bring their kits with them on Friday morning. (Costumes, goggles and towels). We ask that children do not bring shampoos etc with them as we have a quick turn around and unfortunately do not have enough time for this.
  2. Bikeability – closing date for permission forms is today, with the course starting Monday 14th and Monday 21st November. The details are attached if you need them.

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Homework

  • Collecting and generating adverbials for time. Children have been asked to think of as many adverbials as they can and to look for them in books, newspaper articles, magazines etc. They are to decide which question their adverbials answer. Is it how? Where? When? The children have a table to complete and an extra challenge.
  • This week we have focused on punctuation and in particular the use of commas. The children have 10 sentences to re write  in their homework books. They must decide where to add commas to avoid ambiguity and to show parenthesis.

Overview of this week.

  • Recounts – following on from biographies we have decided to explore UFO and Aliens: Investigating Extra-terrestrial Visitors through recounts, using the context of UFO’s we have been reading and  investigating genuine documents, discussing and looking at famous sightings, looking at the features of recounts and testing the language features with adverbials of time and using commas correctly. This will hopefully lead to a diary entry and a UFO report.
  • Mental multiplication and division – Multiples and Factor investigations and reasoning.
  • Science – Forces with the children working in teams to investigate what makes a parachute effective. They have tested a number of variables and worked hard to apply their understanding of gravity and air resistance. It has been difficult, however the children seem to have grasped that hard work and perseverance pays off.

 

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  • Basketball – learning the basic skills involved in the game and coordinating movements whilst travelling at different speeds. We were even inspired by two young boys who demonstrated a unique set of ball skills. We will try our best with a competitive game to be organised and enjoyed by the end of term.

Friday 21st October 2016

Finally half term has arrived! The children have worked incredibly hard this term and have persevered with different tasks that have been both enjoyable but challenging. They truly deserve a well-earned rest.

This week;

  • Focused on multiplication of decimals and reviewing x 10, 100 and 1,000 of 3dp, 4dp numbers and then using the childrens knowledge and applying their techniques to problem solving. The children thoroughly enjoyed the code cracking activity and swapped questions to try and crack each other’s codes.
  • Continued to read our period class novel ‘Street Child’ with the children really starting to understand the language of the text and finding where they misunderstood and exploring the meanings through our group discussions. We have looked at words, phrases and structure of the text and discussed how they contribute to each child’s evaluation of the chapters.
  • Our competitive spirit was fully engaged in PE this week with the children opting for a dodge ball session and competition. This was a great success with the children wanting to arrange an extra session of PE. It also demonstrated their improved level of fitness and how their stamina, speed and reaction times have progressed.
  • WW2 research began with small groups developing an understanding of who Winston Churchill was and the impact his leadership had on WW2 and the significance of his leadership and how this has contributed to how we live today. The children began to gather facts from a range of sources and identified key information to hopefully share with the rest of the school through a Churchill exhibition wall in class.
  • Our buddying scientists tested their parachutes and we completed the first sessions on forces with a view to testing new methods and new designs next term.
  • We were lucky enough to have a visit from our Community Police Officer who spoke to the children about fire safety and in particular focused on the need to stay safe around fireworks, especially as we are approaching November 5th. The children felt this issue was so important that they decided to design posters which will emphasis key points and remind children of the dangers as well as providing advice and guidance. We held a class competition with many children working as small teams and using their own time to design and complete their posters. The winning posters can be viewed below. Excellent effort by all as it was extremely hard to judge.

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Have a lovely half term break – stay safe and enjoy!

Friday 14th October

Another fantastic week in year 5.

  • Class novel – Street Child. We have worked in small groups trying to develop our reading skills through comprehension. We have been making simple summaries of the main ideas from our text and identifying key details that support our main ideas so far. Part of our homework this week is to continue to read the next two chapters – 4 & 5.
  • Maths – we have worked through a number of tricky areas this week that have been challenging, however the children persevered and to their credit made great progress. We have been working with decimals by adding, subtracting, multiplying and changing them to fractions/equivalents and percentages. We have worked in pairs, in small groups and as a whole class reasoning and discussing our ideas and methods of working towards the right answers. It has been hard but worthwhile.
  • History – How WW2 started and how Europe looked during 1939. The children worked in pairs and acted out the first stages of the war across Europe and the movement of the German army. This was a great visual session and one which the children loved.

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  • English – we are close to completing our year 5/6 words for spellings along with some interesting bonus words. The children have revised sentence work on clauses and have tried to up level and self correct their work.
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Next week is parents evening and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 17th October or Wednesday 19th October. Please contact the office if you wish to book an appointment.

Year 4/5 Football Team – our squad of 10 will be playing our first game of the session in the Corgi Cup which will take place on Tuesday at 3.30pm. Our children will be transported to the Birkenhead pitch and we are requesting that parents collect children after the match at 4.20pm.

With the weather noticeable cooler please can we ask that children ensure they wear adequate clothing such as jumpers/cardigans and coats please.

Homework – Code breaker activity and reading Street Child, chapters 4 and 5.

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Friday 7th October

  • Literacy – Completed our biography writing task with the children proof reading and checking their work.
  • Science – Last week a rare and valuable meteorite landed on Earth and as a result we learnt that the Natural History Museum sent a year 5 recovery team to retrieve it!  We were required to overcome an array of challenges that included testing knowledge and understanding of forces. This also includes HOMEWORK with the children designing their own parachute and testing it next week during our air resistance sessions. May the forces be with you..
  • Maths – we have enjoyed a problem solving week with the children working independently, in pairs and small groups to apply their skills and explain their findings. Hopefully we can continue to build these skills throughout the term.

 

 

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BikeRight -Bikeability

BikeRight will be visiting our school Monday 14th and Monday 21st November 2016 to run a bikeability course for Year 5. It is cycling proficiency and designed to provide our children with the skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely on pathways and roads. The children will be learn how to ride their bike to national standards and also introduce them to cycling as an everyday, fun, healthy activity and an alternative mode of transport. This is a great opportunity for our class so why not join in.

A letter and a consent form is attached below for further information and for those children who would like to participate. All consent forms must be handed into school by Friday 4th November 2016.

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Friday 30th September

Children in year 5 have experienced a hard and busy week and yet they have persevered and maintained their focus to try and complete their tasks. Great job everyone.

  • Literacy – Using our homework we looked at an online biography of Roald Dahl. As a class we discussed the features of online biographical texts and compared different sites and information. Then in pairs the children analysed each others findings, highlighted and annotated features that they identified in preparation for our writing task next week.
  • Reading – we worked in our new groups revising our comprehension skills with the class looking forward to starting our class novel next week. We have covered a number of different genres already this week with the children enjoying each text.
  • Maths – we have been trying to further develop our problem solving and reasoning skills in small groups, pairs and independently as well as practising our times tables. x6 and x7 this week so please try and practice at home.

Homework – CPG Books Maths and Reading. Complete Set A test 2 for the maths buster and Set A test 1 for the reading buster book. Please continue to read and ensure this is confirmed by parents/guardians in homework/reading records (it needs to be signed). Due in Monday 3rd October to be checked and signed by year 5 staff.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Friday 23rd September

We have had a great week in year 5 as the children have worked exceptionally hard.

  • Literacy – we have developed our character descriptions by proof reading and trying to up level sentences with interesting adjectives and using our own list of similes. I must admit we were impressed with the children’s suggestions.
  • Maths – we have focused on averages and revised mean, median, mode and range, moving to further sharpen reasoning skills with a number of problem solving activities.
  • Topic – we assessed our prior knowledge and decided that to extend our knowledge and learn about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History. We will start  by looking at a timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. In particular the children seemed interested with learning about the inspirational stories and achievements of significant people such as Anne Frank and Winston Churchill.
  • PE – this is the main event each week as the children love PE and give 100%. We have played a number of games that combine a wide variety of functional movements. As the children gain in confidence their fitness and strength can hopefully progress towards a timed or scored workout.
  • Grammar and Spellings – completed work on subject/verb sentences, singular and plurals with homework handed in on time by everyone – fabulous effort – keep it up. This week we have seen the children progress with their spellings as they are taking them seriously ensuring that they learn them.
  • Homework – reinforcing our sentence work the children have 15 sentences to complete using a variety of adverbs. This is to be completed in their new grey writing books. Reading is also expected with all books due in on Monday 26th September.

Friday 16th September

We have enjoyed a lovely first week together and have started to settle in with the children becoming much more organised. Our homework this week follows the Roald Dahl theme with a research task to aid our writing next week. The children have been asked to collect and record information on the famous author Roald Dahl. This, along with reading is due in on Monday 19th September.

Keeping with the celebrations for Roald Dahl we were lucky enough to enjoy a trip to the Lighthouse Cinema in New Brighton where the majority of our class, and of course our teaching staff dressed up as characters from his classic collections. The film was fantastic and we were exceptionally proud of our class as their behaviour was excellent.

We have worked hard on a number of place value, addition and subtraction challenges in maths and have started our mental maths activities. We will be continuing with this next week and in particular the children have requested to revise mean, mode, median and range as well as securing our times tables.

We will start our science topic, forces next week and we will hopefully complete our descriptive writing and continue with sentence structure in grammar.

We also completed our second spelling review, with the children working hard to learn their spellings – super job today everyone – keep it up!!!!!!

Wednesday  14th September – Parents Welcome Meetings

Thank you to all of our year 5 parents who attended our 3pm and 5pm meetings this week. It was lovely to meet you all. The points we discussed are detailed on the attached document.

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Welcome to Year 5

A new term, a new start, a new class!

A huge welcome to our new Year 5 class.

The children have settled into their new environment and seem to be enjoying our first few lessons together.

Mrs Robson and I are really looking forward to the next school year.

Next week is our first full working week, therefore we have asked the children to just read over the weekend and mark this in their new reading records.

Please can we remind parents to ensure that all clothing and school items are clearly marked with the children’s names, that the children remember to bring in water bottles each day so they can remain hydrated and all PE kits are in school ready for our first session on Tuesday!

We are also looking forward to meeting our new parents on Wednesday 14th September at 3pm or 5pm. Please come along as we will be sharing important information and discussing our curriculum and planned resources for the up and coming school year.

Friday 16th September we will be visiting the Light Cinema in New Brighton to celebrate Roald Dahl Day. We have all been asked to dress as a character from one of his many books. We will be leaving school around 9.30am and will be back for lunch. Children will be provided with a snack and a drink during the movie – The BFG. Please refer to the text message sent by school earlier this week for more information on how to pay.

Wednesday 20th July 2016

Last day of term and lots of farewells, treats and tears.

Mrs Robson and I would like to thank Year 5 for an incredible year. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with you all and getting to know each and everyone of you. You are all fantastic and we wish you well on your journey into Year 6.

We have enjoyed a few days of finishing off various tasks, researching and learning about the Olympics in Brazil, Rio in August 2016. We have enjoyed looking back at what we have achieved this year and how far we have progressed and the children are now ready for the challenges in Year 6.

Children’s quotes

“Year 5 has been an amazing year and the best year yet!”

“I loved how we digressed during our debates and discussed other interesting points, as it made me think.”

“My favourite topics were space, debates and Ancient Greece.”

“I really enjoyed our summer picnic today – all being together.”

“I liked year 5 because of the fun topics and fun work.”

” We have loved our teaches.”

Thank you Year 5 – Have a wonderful summer holiday.

Homework – Spellings for future Year 5 is attached below.

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Friday 8th July 2016

A busy two weeks in year 5…

  • Pensby High School cross curricular day. We enjoyed a number of lessons that were kindly planned and delivered by High School staff including art, maths, geography and design technology. We had a great day.
  • Embroidery—this week we have started to cross stitch different patterns based on our plant topic from Science, the children have used initials and flowers as their design.
  • Homework project—making and designing plants. Wow we have received some fantastic creations and it is clear to see that everyone enjoyed their project. Excellent job everyone!!!!
  • Maths – Time. Knowing and understanding 24 hour and 12 hour times, changing and calculating time. Using charts and tables to read times and problem solve. We are also competing in a time challenge whereby the children are asked to match analogue and digital times against the stop watch. The time to beat so far is 14 seconds.
  • Science – Life cycle of plants. We have been developing our investigation skills this term by planning scientific enquiries based on the life process of plants and reproduction. Hopefully we can finish our topic next week with the life cycles of humans and animals.
  • Art— we have finally completed our Greek Vases and the children have created some super designs based on their research of Ancient Greece. (The Olympics, daily life, role of women, gods, myths, temples and rituals/traditions).
  • Buddhism—this has been a great topic to discuss as the children had an interesting debate about faith and what it is and what it means to them and the different beliefs of people around the world, including the beliefs surrounding science and facts. . We then researched and discussed the History of the Buddhist faith with the children focusing on the meditation and creating their own Mandala’s.Homework—Read class novel—Fergus Crane from page 48. Task is as discussed in class to read aloud to parents/guardians for at least 30 minutes over the weekend and discuss the story so far.Dates for the diary;Monday 11th July—PTA pamper eveningMonday 11th July—Reports to go ‘live’ on line—TBCWednesday 13th July—Key stage 2 sports day—9.30am—10.30amWednesday 20th July—School closes for summer breakWednesday 7th September—School opens for Autumn Term .

 

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Letter re: visit to Pensby High School Thursday 7th July 2016

PENSBY HIGH SCHOOL VISIT JULY 2016

Monday 4th July 2016 – Personal Educational Sessions

Personal Educational Sessions will be held in Year 5 based on “growing up” and will be delivered by our school nurse.  Please can all parents read the letter attached below.

Year 5 Personal Education Sessions 2016

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initial letter to families 2016

Friday 24th June 2016

A very emotional week in year 5 as the children have had a keen interest in the EU Referendum and have educated some of our staff and classes on the main points for both sides in the lead up to the vote. We have had mixed emotions in class with the children discussing the issues raised by the result. We are extremely proud of their mature attitude towards this topic as they have demonstrated such passion and understanding.

We have also experienced our first Football Competition which was held on Tuesday 21st June at Heswall. Our school squad were fantastic as they showed great team skills by supporting and encouraging each other. We played magnificently and with such confidence. We finished as Runners up in second place to Irby, but we are incredibly proud of our achievements on the day. Congratulations Footballers!

This week we have worked with year 6, trying to develop and improve their reasoning and problem solving techniques. The children have also been learning about plants, the life cycle of plants and how important they are. Next week we have planned a number of different plant investigations – something to look forward to. We will also be participating in a Greek themed food tasting activity!

Homework – 1. Reading, reading and reading. 2. Children are to make a model of a flowering plant using everyday materials that can be found at home. Finished models are due in Monday 4th July 2016. Spare instructions sheets are in the classroom!!!

Thank you to our Year 5 children who remembered to donate a prize towards our Summer Fair 2016. All details are listed in the attached document below.

Summer Fair 2016

Football – Tuesday 21st June 2016

Year 5 Football Squad will be taking part in the ‘Dodd’ Cup Football Competition at Heswall Primary School. We will be fielding a team of 7 players for 5 games, with each game lasting 8 minutes. The competition will start at 2.30pm and should finish at 4.30pm.

Over the last two weeks Year 5 have been….

  • Reading a number of Greek Myths and Legends – performing our interpretations on each through mime and discussing the purpose and influence.
  • Creating our own Mythical Creature and starting to write narratives experimenting with powerful adjectives.
  • Learning about the great art of the Ancient Greeks through the Parthenon Marbles, researching historical information up to present day beliefs/arguments and presenting thoughts and opinions to each other. We have produced some fantastic pieces of writing and held some interesting debates.
  •  Studying who the Ancient Greeks worshiped and why?
  • Looking at artefacts, in particular Greek vases that help to explain what life was like in Ancient times. The children have been demonstrating their sketching and shading skills ready to add their artwork to our classroom displays.
  • Applying our subtraction to skills by completing a number of challenging reasoning activities in our groups and reviewing mode, median, range and mean – always a favourite!

West Wirral Primary Schools’ Swimming Gala 2016

We have been invited by Hoylake Swimming Club to take part in the West Wirral Primary Schools’ Swimming Gala which will be held at Leasowe Recreation Centre on Monday 13th June 2016 commencing at 7.15pm. Six children have been selected to represent Year 5 and Pensby Primary School – Congratulations!

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Friday 27th May

The last week before half term and we have been building up to our Commons Debate in Year 5 with so many arguments for and against leaving the EU! The children have been so motivated and passionate about how this decision will affect their future and forming their own opinions to make a final vote in class. Year 5 decided based on the facts and points discussed that they want to remain in the European Union.

Our focus will now move to Lord Elgin and the Parthenon Sculptures debate that will also link with our on going History topic Ancient Greece.

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We have exhausted fractions and have decided to review our subtraction and multiplication skills after half term along with our problem solving techniques and sampling some new questions.

We will also be developing our racket skills and taking advantage of the glorious weather, hopefully taking our sports outside – table tennis, tennis and rounders.

So please make sure you all pack sun cream and water bottles.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors as the amount we are all helping to raise for Cancer Research is increasing by the day. Our Race for Life and Charity Day was fantastic and each class played their part. I am so proud of year 5 as we all ran 5k – excellent job!

 

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Friday 20th May

Continuing with our debate theme for writing we have discussed 2 interesting subjects so far (CCTV within classrooms and detentions after school) and the children will now choose their own topics for writing arguments this week. We will be bobbing just like they do at the House of Commons and we will appoint a Speaker who will hopefully keep our debates fair and friendly!

We will be working hard to secure our fraction skills next week as so far we have covered fractions of amounts, equivalents, improper and mixed number fractions. The children have adopted a can do positive approach to their work and should be pleased with their progress so far. We will move onto subtraction, addition and multiplication.

Homework this week –

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Thank you to parents who attended the year 5 meeting on Tuesday. Please find the information discussed in the links below.

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PRI – Secondary Coordinated Scheme Presentation 2017-18

Friday 13th May

A hard and gruelling week for Year 6. Congratulations to all of them.

Our year 5 class have been magnificent in their support by giving up their classroom this week without even a whinge or whimper. I was extremely proud of all of you. Thank you.

Therefore it would not be fair to single one person out for Star of the Week Award and so we decided to present this to the whole of year 5 for their efforts.

A change of scenery has worked wonders for our writing this week with the majority of our children producing fabulous powerful, persuasive  pieces of work having drafted, discussed and debated in great detail.

Next week we will be continuing with debates but focusing on a new argument!!!!

The weather has been glorious this week and we have took full advantage of this by extending our PE times and enjoying a competitive game of rounders. Our class team is really improving as we are starting to work as a team, demonstrating the need to transfer skills from basic ball skill lessons and cardio drills, into games that demand a good level of concentration, fitness and comradery.

We have been continuing with our Ancient Greece topic for History, also using popular Myths and Legends up until half term to excite and motivate the children during our Guided Reading tasks.

Homework this week is based on Geography with the children being asked to revise The Map of Europe and label it according to the instructions and to also identify countries within Europe and know their capital cities.

The details for Race for Life and Charity Day is attached below.

Football for Year 5 – This will be for the school football team up until the end of our Summer Term, after school on Thursdays 3.30 – 4.30pm. In preparation for our Round Robin Competition at Heswall Primary School – 21st June 2016. All details will be sent home before half term.

Race for Life/Charity Day 2016

To donate, please go to our Just Giving Page by clicking HERE.

You can also view the information letter by clicking HERE.

Friday 6th May

At last the sun has made an appearance! The children have really enjoyed their play times this week with the majority wearing hats, sun cream and drinking plenty of water. We have been helping year 6 again this week but the children seem to be used to moving classrooms and have demonstrated a mature attitude to the changes in our timetable.

Congratulations to Year 5 as we have won the attendance award again!!! We need to decide on a whole class treat and arrange this after SATs week.

This week in year 5

  • During our debate topic we have discussed the features of an argument, talked about examples, viewpoints, how to write facts and opinions. Our first discussion was interesting as the whole class had a positive input. Should CCTV cameras be installed in all classrooms in all schools in the UK? Our homework this week is based around this question.
  • Maths has been challenging this week as we have been sharpening our conversion skills with metric and imperial units. We will need to cover some more ground next week.
  • Rivers Project – has come to an end and we have revised the journey of a river and played a number of team games to ensure we know our key terms and definitions.
  • Spelling – another exciting and competitive review with the majority of the class learning their spellings and succeeding with the bonus spellings. Excellent effort this week!
  • PE – we have collected homework and have been impressed with the detail and effort that has gone into each session. The children have developed their own fitness circuits with warm up and cool down and have even included music to go with each workout! We are really looking forward to testing each session. Maddie and Bradley will take the first part of our PE lesson next week.

Good Luck to Year 6 next week!

It is SATs week and the school will be supporting Year 6 and wishing them all the best.

Believe in your abilities – you can do it!

 

Friday 29th April

This week we have received information leaflets for parents regarding the assessment for Grammar School Education. Parents need to read the information and apply online using the link or request an application form using the contact number on the leaflet. The closing date for this is Tuesday 31st May 2016.

The details for Upton Hall School are detailed in the link below.

Upton Hall Entrance Examination

We have been extremely proud of one member of our class this week who represented our school, along with a Year 6 pupil in a Spelling Bee Competition. This took place at Thingwall Primary School with Year 5 progressing to round three! They were up against other children from other schools in the area and did a fabulous job! Congratulations.

Our class have worked exceptionally hard this week to try and up level their work and finish their work within the time! It has been hard but they have all persevered and managed to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We have completed our research project on towns within our local area and the United Kingdom. The children have educated each other by sharing information and researching additional facts together.

A massive pat on the back to one of our year 5 members who along with our class sampled a challenging question today in our maths session. He showed a fantastic ability to explain his method, in detail and with accuracy and confidence. A wonderful display of applying his knowledge and a well deserved Head Teachers award!

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The Radio Times Competition entries will be posted next week – fingers crossed we send a winning design! The children have thoroughly enjoyed researching the Queen and looking back at the history of all of our Monarchs.

Next week

  • Debates – arguments for and against using various topics.
  • Maths – fractions, conversions and problem solving activities
  • Geography – water cycle and pollution
  • History – Ancient Greece – starting our topic
  • PE – analysing and performing our fitness programme as per our homework

Homework  – Homework 27.04.16

The latest newsletter is now available on our school website and please remember it is Bank Holiday on Monday, therefore the school will be closed and we look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

 

Friday 22nd April

Welcome back!

We have wasted no time at all diving back into our work and trying hard to maintain the standards and fun we achieved last term. We have continued with our Spelling Bee practise and discovered new words to add to our vocabulary bank!

We have experienced some disruption to our lessons this week, however the children have remained focused and have all worked together. Thank you 5G for your understanding this week. Logistically we are back to normal next week.

Our activities this week include;

  • Coordinates and Line Graphs with a review on times tables, using our knowledge to help with investigations.
  • Fact and Opinion – discussing the differences and testing a few examples. Researching and discussing facts about Queen Elizabeth II, forming opinions about the Queen and the Royal Family and the Role they play.
  • The Queen’s Birthday – continuing with our Radio Times Cover Competition, discussing her birthday, researching the Queen and looking back at her 90 years. Collecting information on Royal Celebrations, important events, looking in detail at her family tree and history of our Monarchs.
  • Started our 1 mile a day training.

Please can we remind children to bring in their water bottles, as we do not have an endless supply of plastic cups. The weather has been wonderful this week and the children need to stay hydrated. All 5G will need water bottles for Monday!

Friday 1st April

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Champion –  who will now go on to represent Year 5 and our school in the Final at Thingwall. We are also extremely proud of everyone’s excellent efforts – not forgetting Year 5 who have supported them this week.

Homework for over the Easter Break – READ (at least 6 references in your reading logs) and also start to plan and note ideas regarding the Radio Times competition for the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Have plans ready for when we return to school so we can start to experiment and try different methods.

Build up to Easter Break

  • Year 5 spelling Bee – our successful spellers in our class round were Isaac, Molly, Melissa and Luke who all progressed to round 1. The next challenge was for the children to demonstrate their ability to spell in front of the whole school during assembly to try and narrow down the group from four to one! This proved to be rather difficult!!! Molly, Melissa and Luke were just too good and were hard to beat! I must admit we are extremely proud of all of their efforts, however we will only be able to take one member of our class to the final at Thingwall Primary School. Watch this space as our winner will be announced Friday 1st April.
  • English – Romeo and Juliet proved to be a popular choice for year 5 this year , as the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading each others play scripts and putting our own twist on the famous balcony scene! We have finished this topic with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ or ‘The Romantic Comedy’ as we have described it in class.
  • Geography – we are finally completing our work on Rivers during our last week and the journey from source to mouth.
  • British Values – we are pleased to confirm that year 5 will be participating in the Radio Times competition for children nationwide to design the front cover of the magazine to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. We have started to look at this and plan our ideas. The children will be asked to continue this plan over the Easter holiday ready to experiment and produce their final ideas when we return to school. For further information – www.radiotimes.com/queencover
  • Easter Holiday – School closes Friday 1st April and we re open for the start of a new term Monday 18th April. Have a lovely break!

Monday 14th March

So far this week…….

  • We have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon listening to and watching The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The children were stunned and amazed – it was a great experience. The main focus was ‘Keeping Traditions.’ This year’s concert explored the influences of folk music on the world of classical music, including English, Argentinian, Hungarian and American folk traditions. Alasdair Malloy presented our engaging programme which included Copland, Vaughan Williams, Bartok and Rimsky-Korsakov.
  • Year5/6 have also been invited to take part in a Spelling Bee competition along with other schools in our area. Pupils will take part in a range of spelling activities in front of an amazed audience. Activities will include the following: writing the correct spellings for words; orally spelling words; and correctly identifying misspelt words. We will start our competition in school to find our star spellers and then compete against others schools at Thingwall Primary School on 27th April. The competition will be open to all year 5 and 6 pupils and is aimed to provide children with both the opportunity and encouragement to improve their spelling whilst having fun- and potentially winning a prize! Spelling Bee words are attached below.
  • Sports Relief – Friday 18th March. We are arranging an Inter-House Dodge Ball event with every class participating and having fun raising money, developing their physical skills and building positive relationships within their teams. Classes will also be taking part in our Sports Relief Run which will include children walking, jogging or running around and through our playgrounds, achieving a maximum distance of 1 mile. All we ask is for families to donate £1 and for children to arrive in school on Friday in sports attire. (Football, Netball, Rugby, Tennis kits, Dance or Martial Arts uniforms etc.)

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4th March

This week in Year 5

  • Completed William Shakespeare scripts from Marcia Williams version of Romeo and Juliet
  • Secured mental strategies for multiplication
  • Made Mother’s Day cards along with messages
  • Completed writing task for phases of the Moon – Thank goodness! Hooray!!!!
  • Spanish – reviewed numbers to 20
  • Guided Reading – The Iron Man – completed reading the book , along with group discussions and evaluations.

Next week in Year 5

  • Continue with play scripts – direct speech – dialogue, speech bubbles and re-write short play script of conversation between two characters in play
  • Develop mental skills and written methods for Multiplication and Division
  • Revise times tables
  • Enjoy the performance of Wind in the Willows at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton and prepare for our visit to The Liverpool Philharmonic
  • Tag Rugby – movement and tag techniques
  • Reports to parents to go ‘live’ Friday 11th March
  • Try to complete pastel sketches on Rivers using Monet as our inspiration
  • Look at how Rivers are formed and their journey
  • Spanish – continuing with securing age and colours

Tuesday 1st March – Maths Meeting for Parents

Thank you for attending our maths meeting, it was great to see so many parents supporting our children. As promised the slides are attached below should you need to refer to them and our calculation policy.

Year 5 parents presentation

Calculation Policy 2016

26th February

This week in Year 5 we have been reading the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and discussing the story as a whole class. We have explored the old fashioned language that was used by William Shakespeare in his plays. We really enjoyed trying to work out which modern day songs had been translated into old fashioned wording! We will be continuing with our new topic of William Shakespeare and will start creating our own modern versions of his play scripts.

The galaxy water colour paintings that Year 5 have created are looking beautiful on our space display – we are really pleased with the outcomes of our art work. Next week the children will be using oil pastels to create river scenes as influenced by Monet.

also next week….

  • PE – continuing to develop our tag rugby skills next week, which will include dodging and ball skills, running with the ball, tagging and playing various games.
  • Rally Coaching has been the focus this week in maths working in pairs, explaining how to work out problems, using key vocabulary and demonstrating written methods and calculations. Next week will be multiplication and division.
  • Geography – becoming familiar with using OS Maps, coordinates and scales. Using the OS map for Wirral the children have located different areas according to a set criteria and economic activity, used 6 figure grid references and scales to measure distances.
  • Science – explored the different phases of the moon. The children were brilliant working as teams to practically demonstrate the different phases, using a torch as the sunlight and a ball as the moon.
  • Maths Meeting for parents – Tuesday 1st March
  • Homework this week – Multiplication questions and reading Iron Man – to the end!

26th Feb

8th February

This week we are continuing with our descriptive writing on the moon ‘Pandora’ from the film Avatar. The exciting paragraphs that we have written so far are brilliant – full of adjectives and alliteration! Keep up the good work Year 5, I can’t wait to read your finished pieces!

In maths we are adding and subtracting with decimals and applying these skills to solve tricky problems.

In science, Year 5 will become an ‘expert’ of one of the planets in our solar system. Their challenge is to try and ‘sell’ their planet to the rest of the class!

Linking with our science topic ‘Earth and Space’ we will be using watercolours to create beautiful artwork of space.

The Spanish in Year 5 is coming on really well – this week we will be learning the numbers 11-20.

In PE we have continued with circuit training to raise our fitness levels. We are all getting better at the plank each week!

As you can see it is going to be a very busy week – you will all be ready to break up for a rest on Friday and returning to school Monday 22nd February! Please find our news letters on our school webpage.

Reminder: Parents evening is Tuesday 9th February and Tuesday 23rd February. For any parents who still require appointments please contact the office.

Reminder: It is the Valentines disco on Thursday 11th February.

KS1 – 3:30 – 4:15pm

KS2 – 4:30 – 5:30pm.

Year 5 and 6 have been invited to Calday’s performance of The Wind in the Willows at the Floral Pavilion on Tuesday 8th March and are also planning a visit to Liverpool Philharmonic on Monday March 14th. Details of both trips are on the link below.

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IMPORTANT : Details of our upcoming visits, Please click on this link… Visits March 2016

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29th January

This week in Year 5 we have been working on our own raps in English. We have really enjoyed listening to each others work so far.

We have worked hard to solve problems in maths using different methods of addition and subtraction and checking our calculations for accuracy.

Spanish this week we reviewed our greetings and how to introduce ourselves and used this to have conversations with our shoulder partners – ¡La clase era muy buena!

Science we explored the movement of the Earth and Moon in our Solar System and why we experience day and night as the Earth rotates.

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Homework

This week we have all decided to make a Year 5 information booklet based on our science topic Earth and Space. Therefore homework is to think of an area that you would like to know more about, research it over the weekend and present your information in your own words onto our A3 template sheet. You may wish to draw pictures or diagrams to go with your research. Remember, be specific! For example: choose a planet in our Solar System, Black Holes, a space station or astronauts and their roles.

Have a great weekend Year 5! Thank you for a lovely week!

Next week:

  • Maths – solving multi-step problems by identifying the correct calculation we need to use
  • Literacy – narrative and descriptive writing linking with our science topic ‘Earth and Space’
  • Continue with our cardio circuits – focusing on movements, balance and coordination
  • Science – exploring the different planets in our Solar System
  • Spanish – learning our numbers in Spanish

Friday 22nd January

What a productive week in Year 5! The children have been really focused and motivated.

Super job everyone.

Homework this week is My Maths activities which will complete our work this term on perimeter and area. If the children have any problems logging on then please inform us on Monday morning.

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Next week

  • Maths – subtraction and addition – reviewing written methods, solving problems and becoming confident with using numbers
  • Poetic style – complete our very own rap, based on Michael Rosen’s Rap. Perform and film performances and evaluate our efforts
  • Continue with our cardio circuits – ball skills mixed with a range of cardio stations
  • Science – Solar System
  •  Geography – Landscapes within the United Kingdom
  • Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation – speech and how to punctuate speech when we use it in writing

Monday 18th January

This week in year 5 we will be continuing with our poetry and using Michael Rosen’s poems as our main focus. We have performed and analysed a number of his most popular free verse poems and our research and curiosity has led us towards writing our own performance pieces, filming and evaluating our poems. This make take some time and a number of takes!!!

Also this week we will be …..

  • Completing area investigations and keeping our skills sharp by reviewing multiplication, division, subtraction and addition methods
  • Taking part in our attendance award – Additional PE sessions as voted for by the children
  • Spellings – create new review lists for each of our groups to take home and learn!
  • Starting our science topic with Miss Earp
  • Continue with our mental maths skills
  • Plan our next visit to Pensby Library
  • Start reading our class novel

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! Mrs Robson, Miss Earp and I had a fantastic Christmas and we all appreciated the generosity shown by our children and their families. We were overloaded and overwhelmed with cards and presents, so a big, big thank you.

We will be starting the new year as we mean to go on. We will be working hard throughout the next 5 weeks starting with our Geography and Science topics. This and next week we will be…….

  • Securing our maths skills with mental addition and subtraction
  • Reviewing perimeter and area
  • Locating and identifying the UK on a map
  • Locating capital cities and other large cities in the UK, looking at the population for each
  • Using and becoming familiar with ordinance survey maps for our local area and the UK
  • Polishing and trying to perfect our speaking and listening skills with performance poetry
  • Learning about Free Verse poetry and studying poems from well known poets such as Michael Rosen
  • Starting our Science Topic – Earth and Space!
  • Improving our fitness by participating in cardio vascular activities!!!!!!
  • Completing homework, securing our reading routines and preparing for our spelling reviews

 

Monday 14th December – This week at a glance

  • Complete our Christmas Cards
  • Organise and decorate our stall ready for the Christmas Fair – Tuesday 15th December
  • Prepare questionnaire for Barclays Bank Money Skills activities
  • Enjoy our Christmas Lunch
  • Rock the dance floor at the KS2 Christmas Disco – Tuesday 15th December
  • Make sure Mrs Gilleece  remembers non – uniform day – Tuesday 15th December
  • Exchange Christmas cards, gifts and judge our colouring competition

KS2 Christmas Carol Concert

Dress Rehearsal tomorrow for KS2 Performance – please remember to bring in your black tops!

KS2 Performance – Friday 11th December at 9.15am and 5.30pm.

We need to make sure we know all of the words to the finale carol – first two verses only.

Joy To The World

Friday 4th December

VE Day – Tea Party

What a busy week!

Our WW2 topic has now come to an end with the children leading our final celebrations. I FELT EXTREMELY PROUD of each and EVERY member of our class – they are fantastic. We celebrated VE Day this week with the children all arriving at school dressed in 1940’s attire. They all looked amazing with victory rolls, dresses, slick hair and even tuxedos. We invited the whole school to join us and we all waved union jack flags in time with Vera Lyn, in between scoffing their 1940’s buffet of sweet treats and sipping their tea. Our class then entertained the school with a special assembly where they sang ‘We’ll meet again,’ and performed their very own tea dance. It was wonderful to watch and listen to – it brought a tear to my eye, it was a special moment for our class. Thank you.

Thank you to our families in year 5 for your support and generosity.

We have been lucky enough to welcome a new member to our class who will be working with us until March 2016. Joining our team will be Miss Earp, who is an associate teacher from Chester University.

Next week

  • Pensby High School performance – Wizard of Oz
  • Problem solving skills
  • Mental maths skills
  • Spellings
  • Literacy – Self assessment
  • Christmas cards and Christmas crafts
  • Christmas Performance – (Friday 11th December – 9.15 am or 5.30pm)
  • Handwriting competition

Wizard of Oz – Christmas Performance – Monday 7th December.

Information for our morning at Pensby High School is detailed in the letter attached below.

PENSBY HIGH SCHOOL VISIT DECEMBER 2015

Friday 27th November

This week we have continued our times table challenge with x7 whilst singing songs to ‘the Cup Song!’ The children know the song and have actually educated me as I have never heard nor seen the film before. I must admit the songs are catchy and as a result our team points have been extremely high.

With our WW2 topic coming to an end we have discussed the final stages of war and in particular the Paris Peace Treaty 1947. As a result of our discussions our focus became PEACE. We researched and found lovely quotes with the children then using their emotions and producing reflective poems along  with Origami Peace Doves.

We have also nearly finished our spy profiles for display and they look fantastic. The children have worked incredibly hard and produced outstanding work that they feel proud of.

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Next week in Year 5

  • Bonus spellings – gravitation, amalgamate, pugnacious, biodegradable, beneficiary. Have a go!
  • Continuing with our classroom handwriting competition.
  • Christmas performance rehearsals – Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Writing letters to Father Christmas – with a twist!
  • Spy profiles – ready for display
  • VE Day Celebrations – Thursday 3rd December. With year 5 showcasing their Tea Dance to the school during assembly and then celebrating with the rest of the school for a street party. All details attached below – Year 5 VE Day celebrations Year 5 VE Day celebrations
  • Fractions – ordering, simplifying and comparing fractions, understanding equivalent fractions and understanding the relationship between decimals and percentages
  • Times tables challenge – x8 (It’s all about the eights…..about the eights….no trouble..)
  • Film Night – Thursday 3rd December

Friday 20th November

Christmas is fast approaching and the children have already started to warm their vocal cords with Mrs Shaw. Our songs for this years performance are Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem. We will be starting our rehearsals soon so please learn your lines!

We have worked hard to secure our knowledge and understanding of number this week with our focus being  multiple, factor, prime and square number investigations, along with our x6 tables. We have tuned our voices and performed the x6 tables song to the popular ‘Cheerleader’ hit – every morning! Next week our song is ‘the cup song’ and our focus will be x7.

We will be making a return visit to Pensby Library to exchange books, therefore we need to make sure all books are returned to school by Thursday 26th November please!

Our WW2 topic is coming to an end and we will be celebrating VE style with a street party and tea dance. The children will be writing poems and making peace doves, dressing up, tasting 1940’s recipes and dancing under the bunting. So this week we have used play dough to help us understand the movements of the Allies within Europe and what was the Soviet Union in 1944, 1945 and understanding how America and Japan also featured in WW2. We worked with a partner and followed the key events up to VE Day and VJ Day.

It was also important for us to highlight the role of the secret service and how they supported Winston Churchill during WW2 and how their information was successfully communicated. As a result we have created our own codes, decided upon a 1940’s name, a code name and produced a detailed piece of writing describing how they contributed to the war efforts.

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Friday 13th November

What a fabulous firework display, despite the horrid weather we still managed to watch a great show. As with all of our school events its always lovely to see and speak to families. Thank you for your support.

It was the last week of our Bikeability Training Course or ‘Cycling Proficiency’ where our class were given the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence to cycle safely in and around modern roads and environment. The children were also made aware that cycling should be and can be part of their everyday activity (cycling to and from school), and its also a fun way to keep healthy. All of children progressed and were awarded certificates and badges, with some choosing to take up the same opportunity next year.

As Year 5’s teacher I felt exceptionally proud of the Bikeability group as their behaviour and general attitude was commented on by all of the instructions who thoroughly enjoyed their sessions with the children. Congratulations to all who took part and as a result of their outstanding behaviour they were all rewarded with the Head Teachers award this week. Thank you year 5 – super effort this week.

Our superstars in action – click on the link below.

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Pensby Primary PTA’s Firework Display – Thursday 12th November starting at 5.45 – 6.30pm

Friday 5th November

Welcome back to our year 5 class.

We have hit the ground running this week by fine tuning our writing and trying extremely hard to up level our work, independently! Yes the children have been responsible for assessing their homework and have worked to try and master new writing skills to try and link their paragraphs, add exciting and interesting vocabulary to their work and create meatier sentences using appropriate punctuation.

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Our first Bikeability sessions were a hit with most of our class participating and feeling quite tired after, but really enjoying the experience. One more session to go next week!

Our science has been quite tame this week with groups focusing on dissolving different materials and investigating whether they are soluble or insoluble, however our class demonstrated a very mature way of working and took charge of their investigations.

Friday 23rd October

Half Term has arrived and the children will appreciate a well earned rest! The Halloween disco was a great success with many arriving in daring and gruesome costumes. I did go as myself, but enjoyed a good old jig. Many thanks to our wonderful PTA who organised the disco.

We have created some potent and very colourful brews this week, observed raisins dancing and worked hard to improve our evaluation skills.

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Wizards Brew

Thank you to all parents/guardians who attended the first meetings with the second set of meetings arranged for after half term.

We start our Bikeability course after half term with the children becoming increasingly excited at the prospect of venturing out onto the roads with their instructors once they have mastered a number of mobility and balancing skills! We begin Wednesday 4th November with morning and afternoon sessions and then a second week of cycling planned for Wednesday 11th November.

SPLISH, SPLASH, SPLOSH!!

As part of our PE Curriculum we will be beginning our swimming programme with Mr Arnold,and our aim will be to try and promote regular swimming sessions, with children swimming 25 meters in a competent stroke.

  Friday 16th October 2015

Year 5 Library visit – where children were given the opportunity to use our local facilities and meet members of our local community. We spent most of the morning listening to how we can use the library system and were then given the chance to peruse the bulging book shelves of the children’s section, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They were more than happy to take ownership of choosing an appropriate reading book to take home and their behaviour was very impressive. We have arranged a return visit where the children will be able to exchange their books after half term.

We have completed our review of the Holocast and in particular our study of Anne Frank, with the children producing some fabulous letters and memorial designs. They have been so expressive and passionate during our class activities that we have decided to produce a piece of artwork that showcases our feelings and emotions. We will start this after half term with 4 Creative Designers on hand to ensure we produce a superb piece of artwork! No pressure then!

Friday 9th October 2015

A very emotional week in year 5 as we have started to look at the Life of Anne Frank and learn about her life through video, pictures and her diary. It has been a fascinating few sessions. We have enjoyed a practical week in maths, visualising a range of 3D shapes and discovering a new set of shapes that the children managed to recreate with art straws. Every morning we have been tuning our vocal cords and singing our times tables – x6 and x7.

Our Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerschmitt’s are now taking form and will soon be taking flight. The children are so proud of their models.

Thank you for returning the bike ability consent forms, the children are really looking forward to starting their courses which will begin after half term – 4th, 11th November.

Please click the link below to view our Halloween Disco Flyer…

Halloween Disco 2015

Friday 2nd October 2015

Our focus this week has been our writing. The children have worked hard to collect information from different sources, make notes from audio, visuals and class discussions. We then asked the children to write a report about the Battle of Britain. What great results! This is a topic that is close to their hearts and they have used their passion for this subject to produce some fantastic work. We are so proud of their efforts.

We have really enjoyed our time together this week and have experienced a number of different emotions, especially where our Brain Buster activities were concerned. We began each session feeling rather confused, and at times frustrated, however the children ploughed on and tested their patience and explored different ideas…eventually we arrived at the answer or method. It was great to watch and of course we had a giggle about it afterwards!

We have enjoyed our absorption experiment and our spellings challenge as our list was extremely difficult this week, but we all had a go, and what fun we had! The children have now decided that our spellings review will be every Friday and we are going to award ‘Star Speller’  and create our own bonus spelling list of “really hard words, like really long ones!”

We have started work on our RAF and Luftwaffe fleet with pictures attached to our link below, along with showcasing medals awarded to family members for their role in WW2!

I think we all need the weekend to recover and get set for next week.

September – October Brain Buster Investigations

Friday 25th September

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Just some of the famous quotes the children have read and discussed this week. The children have found Sir Winston Churchill’s speeches to be very inspiring and have encouraged them to delve deeper into our History topic. We have completed our Dunkirk models with the children producing some fantastic written explanations and our 2nd group have made their WW2 shortbread. Year 5 and Year 6 have worked together in Maths learning more about Derek the ‘Decimal.’ This has been a roller coaster of emotions as it is not one of the easiest areas to master. We got there in the end!

A great win for Greenbank this week, who managed to fight off stiff competition from their rivals. I am sure they enjoyed their reward! We start a fresh next week, so keep trying everyone!

Next week we will be starting our spitfire models and focusing on report writing.

Dunkirk and Battle of Britain

Friday 18th September

What a fabulous week in year 5! The children have worked incredibly hard and are still very enthusiastic about our WW2 topic. We have had some wonderful show and tells this week with so many of our class showcasing their great grandparents’ medals, awards and memorabilia. We have progressed from the Evacuations of Dunkirk and have been researching the Battle of Britain which is fascinating! We have listened to a number of famous speeches by Sir Winston Churchill, created our very own class leaders who have also given powerful and passionate speeches! Next week we hope to finish our writing tasks and design, build and mould our own RAF squadrons.

The children have worked hard on their Dunkirk Lego models, we have a few in progress photographs.

Dunkirk 1940

Please remember our PE day is Monday and all Homework is set on Thursdays and to be handed in on Monday mornings please.

WELCOME BACK

Friday 11th September

Our first full week back in school and boy it has been a busy one! Our new year 5 class have settled in brilliantly and are already showing how grown up they can be and also how organised they all are.

So far so good!

We have started our WW2 topic with the children throwing themselves into our discussions and work. They have really enjoyed our fact finding missions this week and have created some fabulous pieces of writing as well as eye catching posters.

We had a successful parents meeting on Wednesday and it was lovely to see familiar faces as well as new. For those parents who attended – Thank you. For those parents who did not attend you can make an appointment with the office to pop into Year 5 and collect your child’s pack as it will not take long to explain our routines and expectations for this year.

Welcome letter september 2015

Next week the lunch time and after school sports clubs will start. In particular Yr5/6 Football will be Monday for Y5 and Wednesday for Y6, both at lunch times. Football kits or PE kits will be required. Also KS2 Netball will be held at lunchtime on Tuesdays with children wearing their PE  or Netball kits if they have one.

July 2015

We are so proud of the children this week as the majority of the class completed the Race for Life 5k! They were fantastic and showed how mature and sensible they can be by cheering on the rest of the school with so many members of our class running again with F2, Y1 and Y2. Congratulations Year 5!

Dress up and Dance Day which was organised for Macmillan and in memory of Mrs Dennison was another fantastic day in which the children arrived dressed in  1950’s attire! They looked awesome and were all so complimentary towards each other. Our dance was very fast and complicated with staff watching future stars in the making. Unfortunately  the staff missed out on their performance – what a shame, we were bitterly disappointed!!!!!!

July – MacMillian Dress up and Dance Day

June 2015

Another productive month for year 5 with the children taking on a new challenge. The 1 mile a day challenge, where we all run, jog or walk 1 mile each and every morning until our Race for Life event in July. The children showed a lack of pace and stamina at first, however they have really excelled and have started to all jog at a steady pace around our track.  By the end of the month the children can all run 1 mile and have managed to improve their times and have even doubled the distance.

We have also enjoyed a visit to Pensby High School with the children participating in different curricular activities- Geography, Drama, DT and Science. We loved our day! We have also started reading and listening to Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. The children are hooked and find the music exciting and thrilling to listen to. As a result we have designed our own aliens and Martians with the children creating models using paper Mache.

May 2015

We have continued with our forces topic with the children all designing their own parachutes and then creating a generic parachute for Mr Fred to be able to land safely! The children tested the theory of Air Resistance and carefully recorded their results. We have also held a number of discussions regarding the local elections and which parties are running for Government. The children have found this subject interesting and as a result we set a research based homework with the children then presenting their information and opinions to each other. It was very entertaining. It was like a scene from the House of Commons!

We have decided as a class to introduce a spelling review each week, where the children will help to gather a list of words that are unfamiliar to them and will take them home to learn and then hopefully start to apply their spelling knowledge to their work – fingers crossed! The children have also demonstrated how they can pull together in order to help others, as they kindly and very thoughtfully gave up their classroom for year 6 SATs week. Well done Year 5 – we are very proud of you.

May – Making Parachutes

April 2015

This month our year 5 class received a planned visit from Roberts Bakery! The children were lucky enough to make their very own loaves of bread. It was a great 2 days.

April – Roberts Bakery

April – Roberts Bakery 2

We have focused on our forces topic and made spinners which we tested using a variety of variables.

The children have also been enjoying our work on different climate zones of the world, the traditions, beliefs and practices of Buddhism.

 Easter Bonnet Competition 2015

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to 2015! Let’s hope all those New Year Resolutions about working hard and meeting targets will last throughout the term!

Over the year we will be posting lots of information on this page to help you support your child at home.  Each week we will put the homework task on here and let you know what we have been doing in class.

Our Topic for this term is Greeks and we will be learning lots about their heroes, adventures and way of life includng the beginnings of democracy which will be very relevant as Britain builds up to a General Election in May!!

We continue out links with Stanley School with groups of children joining in with some of their music sessions and beating out Samba rhythms plus a group work with Derek Mountfield (ex Everton player) on their football skills.

Every class in school starts the day with a short maths skills lesson/challenge.  We sometimes use the MyMaths website to provide the activities.  Remember you can log on at any time at home to use this website and play the games.  The children’s login details are the same as last year.

Finally, Year 5’s PE session is on Friday afternoon.  PE kits will need to be in every day during term time and will be sent home for cleaning during the holidays. Please ensure that all your child’s belongings are clearly labelled.

 

NEWS

Today (Thursday 19th March) your children should bring home a letter with some news – after 24 years at Pensby Junior and then Primary School  I have decided to have some ‘me-time’ and so will be retiring from teaching at the end of the Easter holidays. I have no great plans and must admit to be a little apprehensive about how I will fill my time away from all that lesson preparation and asssessment so if you see me looking lost around Heswall I’m sure you will understand! 

Your children have made huge progress in year 5 and I’m sure that will continue as Mrs Gilleece takes over the reins!

Thank you for your support over the time your children have been with me and I wish them and you all the very best for the future.

Anne Edwards

 

Homework for this week – 19.3.15

Normal routine tasks are:

Reading at home 3 times a week

Practising times tables

Spellings to learn

 The homework this week is a series of sorting puzzles  -the children have been shown how to make a grid of the information before they start to answer the questions – it’s all about logical thinking which is very useful to all of us! 

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – Friday 20th sees an eclipse -do take care on your way to school as it should just be about to start as you arrive here before 9:00am

 

  

 

 

Activities in Year 4

23rd June 2017

Romero Britto, a Brazilian artist, was influenced by Picasso and Matisse.  The children have enjoyed finding out about him.  Their pictures reflect his style but with their own creative interpretation.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 27th June – Reading event at Heswall Primary (all day) Meet Cressida Cowell 

This year we will be having a Sports Week, ending with our annual Race for Life event on Friday 7th July. (See recent newsletter)  More details to follow.  Meanwhile please click the link below to access our justgiving page and begin fundraising! Thank you.

You can help raise money for this great cause by donating directly to the fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Pensby-Primary.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Cancer Research UK and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

 

 

 

14th June 2017

 Dragonfly making – see link below.  This is an after school activity at Heswall Primary School.  Children are invited to go immediately after school on Monday to make a willow dragonfly.  They must be accompanied by an adult.  Cost £2.

We have had such an exciting morning.  Maths was very active, with children using clues around the atrium to solve maths problems with a partner or small group.  Every child was engaged, active and co-operative.

After maths, the children had their ukulele lesson with Matt.  Again it was enjoyed by all.  To enable the children to practise, they are being allowed to bring an instrument home.  We have made a note of the codes on the ukuleles and have assigned them to individual children.  We have talked about respecting property and explained how to look after it with care.  I am sure they will enjoy entertaining you over the next few days.

Please ensure that the ukulele is returned to school on Tuesday next week.

 

The children have been researching deforestation this week.  They have used video clips, ipads, magazines and books to find information.  Their guided reading activity involved answering questions from a prepared text.

12th June 2017

DRAGON MAKING WORKSHOP

Cressida Cowell letter

Logo competition

 

Welcome back to the final half term of this academic year.

We had a lovely time last Wednesday with the first of our weekly music sessions.  I am sure the children have already told you about it.  Each child had the opportunity to play the ukulele.  They learned a new song, taught by Matt.  The children are looking forward to the next session.

 

We have been reviewing multiplication, division, fractions and decimals in our morning maths sessions this week.  The children are becoming increasingly confident about explaining their calculations to the whole class. This is some of our work on co-ordinates

 

Bar modelling is a great way of visualising a problem ready to work it out.  Ask the children how we solved these.

 

Just before the half term holiday, the children came to school as evacuees.  Well done to everyone (including Mr Davies) who dressed up for the occasion. Fun was had by all.

    As well as sitting in rows to sing God save the King, doing ‘sums’ and reading, the children were able to make gas masks using plastic bottles.  Thank you to Mr Davies for organising this event.

 

There are some interesting activities coming our way this half term.

On Friday 23rd June, we have our talent show.  Each class will showcase one act in the grand final on that date.  We held auditions last week.  Thanks to everyone who took part.  Our representative is Betty who entertained us with a dance/gymnastic routine.  She scooped a large majority in our class vote.

Next Monday (19th June) we are joining Heswall Primary for an art based workshop in preparation for our visit, later this month, by the author Cressida Cowell.  See the link below for details.  This is an after school workshop at Heswall.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.       DRAGON MAKING WORKSHOP

 

Diary dates

Monday 19th June (after school) – Dragon and dragonfly art at Heswall Primary. (see above)

Friday 23rd June – talent show

Tuesday 27th June – Reading event at Heswall Primary (all day) Meet Cressida Cowell (see above)

 

 

 

 

 

 

19th May 2017

Click on the click below to find information about Year 6 Charity Day – Friday 26th May (final day of this half term)

Charity Day 2017 Information

We have been reviewing multiplication, division and fractions in our morning maths sessions this week. The children are becoming increasingly confident about explaining their calculations to the whole class.

 

Homework – This week we continue with a maths theme. Well done to those children who came into school this morning asking for clarification. It shows that they looked at the homework set in plenty of time to ask for help if needed. Mr Davies held a homework drop in at lunchtime today to support those who wanted it. This gives them plenty of time to complete homework in time to hand it in on Tuesday.

Here is the example that was modelled on the board today

Charlie has 36 comics. If he gave one sixth to Joe, how many will he have left?

 Using this bar model, the children were able to see that Joe received 6 comics , leaving 30 for Charlie.

 

The science investigation this week was interesting. We placed eggs in a variety of liquids: Coke, vinegar, coke zero, blackcurrant, orange juice, water.

We left it for a day. These are the results.

 

The Evacuation Display continues to grow

Evacuation has been the basis for some amazing poetry writing this week. Some of the children have chosen to further their poetry writing skills by entering a KS2 poetry writing competition. They have brought a poetry writing entry form home. Please encourage them to visit the website if they wish to help them in their writing. I will be sending completed entries early next week.

Next week

Tuesday – Class photographs

Wednesday – Evacuation Day (dressing up – see below)

Friday – Charities Day (see top of page)

 

17th May 2017

Evacuee Day will be Wednesday 24th May 2017

ww2_children_evacuated_bus   children[1]

The children can dress up as an evacuee for the day.

WORLD WAR TWO EVACUEE COSTUME IDEAS

Boys

Ideas include: dark shorts and long knee high socks or plain trousers or cords. A normal shirt with a knitted jumper, tank top or blazer.

Girls

Ideas include: a blouse and skirt, alternatively a dress. A knitted cardigan or woolly jumper, long knee length socks and traditional style school shoes.

Remember!

In the spirit of make do and mend, slightly large or odd looking clothes are fine. If you get really stuck, normal school uniform with a proper blouse or shirt (rather than a polo shirt) and a knitted jumper or cardigan rather than a sweatshirt will be fine.

 

Empty plastic milk bottle request  –  We would be grateful for plastic bottles to be sent to school to use during Design Technology sessions – making gas masks.

 

 

 

12th May 2017

This week the children have spent a good deal of time consolidating their mathematical understanding. Their progress is amazing. At the end of the week, fractions using bar modelling was reinforced in a fun way involving mars bars.

 

This prompted plenty of discussion and reasoning skills.

Ask the children to explain what we did.

 

The evacuation display is underway. Here are some snippets.

 

We have revisited the use of apostrophes this week. Mr Davies showed a series of photos from real signs around Britain.   Having reviewed the use of apostrophes for possession and omission, the children were able to suggest why they had been incorrectly used. We have a new poster to compliment the others on the working wall.

 

Homework – This was a brilliant week for homework with every child bringing it in on time!! Keep it up children.

Next week – We will be carrying out a scientific investigation about teeth and will continue learning about the digestive system.

 

5th May 2017

Our topics are in full swing now.

Maths:  We have been investigating shapes – angles, symmetry, properties, sorting, problem solving.  We have also been using measures, converting cm to m, g to kg etc.  One of the main morning maths activities has been using bar modelling to support understanding.  Mymaths has plenty of activities using bar modelling (Go to mymaths – latest – bar modelling – year 4)

 

 

Writing:  The writing produced by the children so far is amazing. The evacuee topic has stimulated some excellent pieces of extended writing in the form of letters and recounts.  The children have edited their own writing and are currently working on presentation to create a display.

Science:  teeth and the digestive system

 

 

Homework Reflection Homework 04.05.17       Teeth Homework 04.05.17

 

21st April 2017

Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Easter break and are ready for an interesting Summer Term.

During the first half term, we will be working on a range of topics:

Mathematics – During this half term, we will be learning about:

  • Measure
  • Shape and symmetry
  • Position and direction
  • Further work on fractions
  • Missing numbers
  • Co-ordinates

Reading – This term we will be reading books by David Walliams. We will continue to research information for topics and answer questions requiring the use of inference and deduction.

Writing – This will take a variety of forms – note taking, reports linked to science, recounts, letters and story writing.

Science – Our topic is teeth and the digestive system

History/Geography – Evacuees.   A look at WW2 through the eyes of children alive at the time.

 

Homework – Measure and calculate the perimeter sheet

31st March 2017

I can’t believe that we have reached the end of the term already.  The children have worked incredibly hard  and have made the most amazing progress.

This week we have spent some time talking about how we treat people and how we want people to treat us .  The children generated phrases and sentences in groups to express the power of words.  Using their ideas, we created a class poem.

The children used  words to write on each others ‘hand’.   After reading them, the children said they felt proud.  Some said they felt that they had lots of friends.  Some were simply happy.  Ask your child to show you their own ‘hand’.  They all brought them home today.

Have a wonderful Easter from the Year 4 team

23rd March 2017

Friday 25th March – Red Nose Day.  Non uniform day for £1 donation.

Friday 25th March – Jungle Book viewing. Years 4, 5 and 6 can watch The Jungle Book (2016) together in the hall. The movie was gifted to use by Calday Grammar school as a thank you to the children in Years 4 and 5 who went to see their performance at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton this week. The film is rated PG, so please let us know if you do not want your child to watch the movie by contacting the school office. Click on the following link for more information about the movie and its content: Common Sense Media – Jungle Book 2016.

Our maths display in the classroom has developed over the last few weeks.  Children are encouraged to use it to support their reasoning skills.

RE    We have been focusing on Islam over the last few weeks. The children have been working in small groups to research features of the faith and are producing posters to record their ideas.  We will complete these posters next week.

Homework  Spelling patterns.  Investigating suffixes (tion, sion, cian)

Trip to Floral Pavilion – Tuesday 21st March 2017

Year 4 and 5 Floral Letter 2017

10th March 2017

It has been all about fractions and decimals in maths this week.  The children have been encouraged to explain equivalence in different ways.  The children were given a statement – 3/4 is equivalent to 0.75.  They then had to show why this was true.  These pictures illustrate their reasoning.

WODB has given them the opportunity to extend their thinking.

 

Some children have independently produced posters in breakfast club to support their understanding of equivalence.

 

We have produced a display this week that clearly supports the children’s understanding of direct speech and how to use it in their writing.  Using their own work, the children can see examples of:

  • New line for a new speaker
  • Using a comma before closing speech marks
  • Capital letter at the start of speech

The display also shows examples of words to use other than ‘said’

 

 

This week we started our new science topic – Sound.  Mr Davies is leading this topic and has really hooked the children using practical activities to investigate how sound is produced.

Recording sounds during a sound walk

 

The children used their developing understanding of sound to record their ideas

 

We learnt about Pantosaurus’ five rules for staying safe. You can view the rules by clicking HERE.

 

Homework –  Maths activity

–  A sound walk (at home)

 

 

 

3rd March 2017

Many thanks for attending our parent meeting sessions on Wednesday. I am sure you will agree that the progress from September to now is amazing.  I am so proud of the children in year 4.

On Tuesday we had our sponsored pancake flip. Great fun was had by all.  We used it as an opportunity to do some maths.  The children recorded their flips using a tally chart.  Then they presented their data in a block graph.

We used www.topmarks.co.uk/Easter/ShroveTuesday  to find out about why we have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.  I asked the children questions about the text and their answers became the basis of their writing plan.  This week’s guided reading, ‘Perfect Pancakes’ added to our understanding.  This resulted in some informative reports.

This week we reviewed the writing expectations for year 4. Children understand that they must use this as a checklist to edit their work before giving it to me to be marked.

 

 

Homework this week consists of a mymaths set of lessons (money) and using apostrophes; We have been working on these this week.  These examples may help.

 

15th February 2017

What an exciting time we had today. The children spent the afternoon in the hall with 2 students from Chester University.

They played games to begin with.

The children played fruit salad to warm up. Ask them to explain the rules.

 

They were introduced to ‘devising’ ( drama without scripts. ) Following some initial role play, which included looking at a timeline, meeting the ‘billeting officer’ and being evacuated,  the children worked in groups to devise their own interpretation  of evacuation.

They learned new vocabulary – evacuee, Operation Pied Piper, rationing, billets, phoney war. Ask the children to explain.

Whilst devising, groups were asked to ‘freeze frame’ and explain the scene that they had frozen. There were some very imaginative scenarios!!

  • Leaving the city to go to the countryside
  • Seeing animals for the first time.
  • Meeting ‘new parents’ in the countryside
  • Returning to the city

 

The 2 Students carefully guided the children through the afternoon, suggesting ways forward such as use of facial expression to show sadness, amazement, fear, happiness. They supported them to add speech to their scenarios and to project their voices to their audience.

 

The day was a great success:

  • The children learned some new vocabulary
  • They were able to demonstrate empathy with the evacuees and their families
  • They worked together as a team, knowing when to speak and not talk over each other
  • They explained themselves clearly, communicating with the students and with each other
  • They listened to and watched other groups, sharing ideas.
  • They had a good deal of fun.

The day also served as a basis for our WW2 topic – Evacuees next term.

 

During the week, we have been working on time: converting analogue and digital, 24 hour clock and solving problems related to time intervals.

Here are some the reasoning and problem solving activities we have been doing.

 

 

Dates for Diaries

  • Thursday 16th February: Online reports go live for two weeks.

 

 

  • Tuesday 28th February: PTA Sponsored Pancake flip!  The sponsor form can be found by clicking HERE. Funds are being raised to purchase a playground canopy so that the children have more shade in the summer – it’s what they have asked for! Instructions and rules can also be found on the sponsor form.

 

 

  • Wednesday 1st March: Parents Evening. Details are on the Newsletter.

 

  • Tuesday 21st March: Year 4 visit to the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, to see The Jungle Book performed by students from Caldy Grammar. Details to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9th February 2017

This week has been an assessment week in Year 4. The children have worked hard, with very pleasing results.

We have written reports using our China research

The children organised their writing using subheadings. They used red pen to edit their work and make improvements to the text.

 

Next week, the final week of half term, is packed full of exciting things:

  • Tuesday 14th February: PTA Valentines Disco. Years 3 to 6 disco starts at 4.30pm and ends at 5.30pm. Children are not allowed to walk home after the disco and must be collected by an adult. It costs £1 per child and some money will also be needed for sweets and drinks.
  • Wednesday 15th February: Year 4 drama and theatre workshop. Two aspiring teachers from Chester University have put together a workshop for Year 4, which runs for approximately two hours. It explores the benefits of drama and performance in primary education and how it can be implemented in a fun and educative way. The interactive performance, based on World War 2, is designed to encourage the use of transferable skills such as, creative writing, communication and team building.
  • Thursday 16th February: Online reports go live for two weeks.

 

 

Homework 9/2/17                                                                                                                                                     Using conjunctions to extend sentences.

Finding more information about China to add to reports.

 

Dates for after half term

  • Tuesday 28th February: PTA Sponsored Pancake flip!  The sponsor form can be found by clicking HERE. Funds are being raised to purchase a playground canopy so that the children have more shade in the summer – it’s what they have asked for! Instructions and rules can also be found on the sponsor form.
  • Wednesday 1st March: Parents Evening. Details are on the Newsletter.
  • Tuesday 21st March: Year 4 visit to the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, to see The Jungle Book performed by students from Caldy Grammar. Details to follow.

 

3rd February 2017

We have been continuing to learn French vocabulary this week.

 

Maths – We have been working on fractions this week. We have used the bar model to support problem solving.  Mymaths explains this clearly.  The children have been given homework this week using mymaths – fractions using the bar model.  It is really important for the children to access the mymaths lessons prior to attempting the homework task.

The bar model is useful for children to visualise the problem and so be able to understand how to solve it.

 

During Guided Reading sessions this week, we have been finding out about China.  Using the index in books about China, the children have produced posters and fact files.

 

 

We have discussed having our own opinions, this week. The children have been talking about zoos, ready to write a persuasive piece next week.  They understand that people have different ideas and that they should be respected even if they do not coincide with their own.

 

 

Homework 2/2/17

  • My Maths – Fractions
  • Reading. Read ‘The Discovery’ Choose at least 5 words that are new to you. Use a dictionary to find their meaning.

 

 

 

 

27th January 2017

In French we have been learning vocabulary relating to rooms in school.  The children used a plan of our school to record the rooms.  They made a key in French.

We finished our science topic last week – States of Matter.

Our next science topic is Living Things and their habitats. We have already discussed the Life Processes that are common to animals and plants.  We will continue next week.

 

Spelling – This week we have been investigating words ending in ‘ture’. The children have used

dictionaries to find words.

 

 

 

Maths – We have been using WODB this week.  The children love this because there are many possibilities, not just one answer.  They have one of these for homework.  Please ask them to explain it to you.

 

We have also been subtracting using expanded and formal methods.

Children have checked their subtraction using the inverse operation.

To ensure that the concept of subtraction is fully understood, children have been using reasoning skills to find missing numbers in calculations.

 

Homework 26/1/17

Spelling – Make a word search using your weekly spelling words. Ask someone at home to solve your puzzle.

 

Maths – WODB (Which one doesn’t belong)

 

Spring Term.  End of week 2

This week the children have developed their understanding of the use of direct speech in their writing.  They have edited their own work using a checklist.

Checklist
Use “   “ around spoken words
Use punctuation before closing speech
Start speech with a capital letter
New line for a new speaker

 

Spellings this week – gu words.  Children have included some of these in their spelling lists this week.

Science – We have learned about the water cycle this week.  The children have a homework task to do.  Please talk about the water cycle at home to reinforce activities in school.  You might find the website below useful.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z8qtfg8

 

Maths – We have been using talking triangles this week.  This is an interactive activity, giving children the opportunity to think about the properties of numbers in calculations and share their ideas with other children.   They work in pairs to tell each other something about their number.

Eg  120 – is a multiple of 5, is double 60, is an even number, is half of 240, is in the 6 times table  etc

They then swap their numbers and move on to a new partner.

We have also been subtracting by adding on, using a number line for support. This has helped the children to solve problems involving giving change from £5 and £10.

Times table knowledge features strongly in our maths lessons. Our Year 4 target is to learn all tables to 12 x 12.  Please encourage the children to practise regularly.  Knowing their times tables will help them problem solve efficiently.

 

Homework 19/1/17Science – Use the following words to label the picture of the water cycle;      evaporation, precipitation, condensation, clouds, rivers, mountains, sea.

Write a brief explanation of evaporation, precipitation, condensation.

Maths – Finding change by adding on.

 

REMINDER 

Tuesday 24th January: Lantern Making Workshop at Heswall Primary School. CLICK HERE for more information

Thursday 26th January: Wirral Science Under The Stars. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Welcome to 2017 

What a brilliant start we have had to 2017!   On Monday we had a good catch up on all our exciting holiday news.  Some excellent writing was produced.  I was so impressed.

The children have set up a science investigation to help them to understand evaporation.  Part of their homework is to explain what they have done and how they are going to record their results.  I have included a checklist below to support their explanations.

 

Question

What we will do

How and what we will measure

What I think will happen and why

Fair test

 

Maths has been fun this week.  One of the strategies that we use in school is called WODB (Which One Doesn’t Belong)  The children love it.  I will leave them to explain it to you.  This is the one we used yesterday

The children especially love it because there is no 1 correct answer, there are several.  It gives them opportunity to explore their understanding of factors, prime numbers, odd and even, multiples, calculation, Place Value etc.

Here are some of the suggestions that they came up with yesterday

Homework this week     Homework 12.1.17

Part of the homework involves finding missing numbers.

Here is an example from this week

 

End of Autumn Term

Thank you so much for the lovely gifts and messages that we received week.  You are so kind.

We would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year

Below are details of 2 exciting workshops for families in the New Year.

Wirral Science Under the Stars

Lantern Making Workshop

16th December

This has certainly been a busy and exciting week.

I am sure you will agree that the children gave an absolutely brilliant performance at the Christmas Carol Services on Monday.  We are so very proud of them and I am sure you are too.  It certainly put us in the Christmas spirit.

Today’s Christmas fair was a great success.  Many thanks for sending bottles in for our bottle tombola.  It was an extremely successful stall, attracting quite a crowd.

The excitement continued later in the day when the class visited Santa.

During the week, we have reviewed names of colours and numbers to 20 in French, producing mini booklets depicting Christmas images.

Class reflections this week have centred around saying kind words to our friends.  Our discussions have involved remembering one of my favourite sayings – If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it!

Next week we will be finishing the stories we started last week, based on the Journey by Aaron Becker.

We will also continue our science topic, focusing particularly on gases.

For maths next week, the children will review measuring  by accurately wrapping boxes in Christmas paper.  This is a fun, practical way of using measuring skills. I will put some weights in the boxes prior to wrapping so that we can use them to practise using weighing scales too.

For this activity, we will need small boxes.  We have collected some but could do with more.  I would be grateful if you could send any small boxes in with your child. Thank you

Home work In Santa’s sack

 

 

 

 

8th December

We are looking forward to our Carol Service on Monday. A text went out earlier in the week with details of Class 4T costume.  T. towel with a band or tie to keep it on, plain white top, black school trousers or skirt.  The children will wear their PE pumps.

 

Homework this week involves discussion at home about an adventure we are writing, based on a book called The Journey by Aaron Becker. It has provoked a good deal of thought so far and will hopefully provide opportunities for the children to practise many of the writing conventions they have experienced this term.

There is a maths activity for the class too.

Details of homework can be found in the children’s blue diaries.

Please continue to encourage your child to practise spellings and times tables.

 

With only 2 weeks left before the end of term, here is a reminder of the remaining events from the school calendar:

  • Monday 12th December – Xmas performances. Dress rehearsal 11.00am.   Performances – 2.00pm and 5.00pm
  • Friday 16th December – Christmas jumper day and Christmas fair
  • Tuesday 20th December – Children’s Christmas lunch
  • Thursday 22nd December – Final day of term

 

 

3rd December

Fractions have been the main focus of our maths this week.  The children have been showing in drawings why a number of fractions equal each other (such as 3/5 and 6/10) and are called equivalent fractions.

Here are some of the images they have used to support their understanding

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The children have been investigating factors.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/factors_multiples/read/3/

 

During our writing and spelling work recently, these spellings have emerged as needing to be practised.  You may find that some of these words appear in their personal weekly spelling lists.

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We have completed our Viking topic.  The children have learned how, why and when the Vikings came to Britain.  We looked at how historical evidence can help us to understand the impact of the invasion and settlement of the Vikings on the Britain of today.

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The children have read some of the Viking sagas and in true 4T style, wanted to write their own.  Here are some snippets of sagas.

 

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As we move into December, we have started to talk about Christmas.  We discussed advent and how we should be preparing for this significant time in the Christian calendar.

As part of our class worship this week, we have concentrated on friendship and how we should always look for the best in our classmates.  The children drew around their hand and left them on their tables.  The whole class then moved around the room writing positive messages on each hand, reflecting how they felt about that person.  The children then enjoyed reading the messages on their own hand.  Here is an example below.

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Next week we will be focusing particularly on States of Matter.  This is a useful website to use at home http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/changing_states/read/2/

 

Homework for this week 1-12-16

 

 

 

 

Film Night 2016

25th November

This week we have been using the maths strategies that we know to solve problems.

The children realised that in order to solve maths problems, they need some knowledge at their fingertips.  This is the list they came up with:

  • Knowing times tables
  • Knowing number bonds to 10 and 100
  • Understanding patterns when counting on and back eg 63-6 = 63 -3 -3 and 54+7 = 54 + 6 +1
  • Understanding symbols and vocabulary such as factor, minus, total, multiple
  • Understanding how to double and halve numbers

This is not an exhaustive list and the children will add to it as they progress through the year.

This is one of the problems we have been working

This is one of the problems we have been working on

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Next week we will be starting work on fractions

The children are practising their spellings regularly in school.  Here are some of the ways that they practice.

 

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Homework using-inverted-commas

18th November

We have been continuing our Viking theme this week.  The children made notes about Viking gods and then used their notes to write an information text.  This involved them listening carefully to the information that was read to them and picking out the most important points in note form.  They are gradually developing confidence in this. Using their notes, they were then able to explain the information in their own words.

The children use the working wall to apply the writing skills, in terms of grammar, punctuation and spelling, in their own writing.  They also use their personal vocabulary cards and topic words to support spelling.

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These are the expectations for all children in every piece of writing that we do. An ongoing target is to check this list prior to writing.

 

To extend sentences, children can use prepositions.

To extend sentences, children can use prepositions.

 

Discussions about Viking gods led to opportunities to consider tolerance towards different sets of beliefs and religions.  We have linked this to topics relevant to their own lives eg supporting particular football teams, pursuing different hobbies and activities.  We will be following up Viking gods next week through guided reading.

The children have been following instructions this week to make their own Viking long ship.

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In maths, we have been using our understanding of multiplication to solve problems.  Children have also used the grid method and vertical methods to multiply 3 numbers.  This forms part of their homework this week. This is an example from the working wall.  Please ask the children to explain this to you as it helps them to fully understand what they are doing and why.

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Next week we will work on division problems and develop children’s understanding of the link between division and  multiplication.

Homework

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As our homework has a French element to it this week, I have included a poster from our working wall. Although initially meant to reinforce understanding of the months of the year as a maths aid, it also reminds the children how to say the months in French.

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11th November

This week the children have continued writing poetry, this time with a firework theme.  They really enjoy using exciting descriptive words to create imaginative poems.

For the firework poems, children worked collaboratively to produce a poem.  They started off with a partner to brainstorm as many adjectives and adverbs as they could. After sharing some of them, they produced a verse of their own, using a checklist to include the main learning outcomes.

 

Checklist
Correct spelling of words on board
Expanded noun phrase
Extended sentence
Comma after adverb at start of sentence

 

 

 

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Display of leaf poems from last week.

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We continued to research the Vikings this week.  Through guided reading we found out where the Vikings came from, where they settled and why.  We have started to find out about Viking long ships and have been following instructions to make our own boats.  We will continue next week.

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In maths this week, we have been solving problems related to time.  Homework this week reinforces this.

Homework 10/11/16

  • Mymaths – Time
  • Maths time problems

 

 

4th November

Wow!! What a great week we have had.  A fantastic start to the second half of the Autumn Term.

Some children brought in some leaves at the beginning of the week.  We talked about the colours and sounds of Autumn leaves which led on to how they move.  We decided to capture our ideas in the form of a poem.  The children were incredibly enthusiastic and before long had worked in groups to come up with some amazing descriptions.

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We developed our ideas to include similes, expanded noun phrases and extended sentences.  The first drafts were great.  After editing and re reading, the children came up with some really moving pieces of writing.

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Maths, this week, has been based on subtraction.  The following photos are from our maths working wall.  They should help with this week’s maths homework.

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We ended our subtraction week by playing a partner game.  Each pair had a subtraction to do.  One person used decomposition to solve the problem; the other had to use counting on to find the difference.  Both children could then compare answers and discuss which method was the most suitable for the task.  The children worked very well together and took turns in using both methods.

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We started our Viking topic this week.  We have used maps to find out where the Vikings came from and have used the timeline in the corridor to understand their place in British history.  The children had fun today looking at and handling some of the artifacts that we have borrowed from the library service for our topic.img_1171 img_1172

 

Homework for this week – homework-vikings-3-11-16

 

Next Week

Maths – Time

Poetry – we will be using fireworks as our theme to write more poetry.  The children will be reading out their poems to the class.

Vikings – We will continue to understand where they settled in Britain and will learn about the success of the Viking invasion.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/vikings/viking_raiders/

 

 

 

22nd October.

Wow, where has this term gone?  It seems to have gone very quickly, yet we have achieved so much.

The children have developed a very good work ethic this half term and have risen to the challenge of the high expectations we have of them.  I am sure that families would agree after seeing the amazing work that the children have produced this half term.  It was lovely to meet everyone and hear such positive comments.

We ended our week thinking about everything we have learned during the half term.  The list was enormous.  Here are some of the things they said:

  • Learning how to rock climb and abseil at Barnstondale.
  • Using times tables to solve word problems.
  • Finding out how electrical circuits work.
  • Knowing which materials conduct electricity.
  • Subordinate clauses.
  • New paragraph for a new speaker.
  • Insulators in electrical circuits.
  • New ways of learning our spellings.
  • Finding out about Roald Dahl and reading his books.
  • Working together to solve reasoning problems.
  • Understanding shape words – edges, vertices, faces.
  • Angles in shapes.
  • Calculating area and perimeter of shapes.
  • Using their/there, were/where, are/our correctly.
  • Writing letters and stories and editing them to make sure they make sense.
  • Working in teams in PE.

This is merely a sample.

Some children produced posters to illustrate their ideas.

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So as you can see, the children have worked so hard and achieved so much.  May I also say a big thank you to families for your support during the first half term.  Encouraging your child to complete their homework to a high standard is vitally important.  Thank you.

I have not set any homework as such this week.  The children need to recharge their batteries.  Hopefully the weather will be kind and they can get outside to play.  I would, however, like them to keep practising their spellings and their tables – in the fun ways we have learned about in class.

All that remains for me to say is have a fabulous half term break.  Have a good rest children and be ready to come back to a packed 2nd half term (details to follow)

Have fun and stay safe.

15th October.

This has been a very practical week in terms of maths and science.  We have been investigating 3D shapes in maths and finding out about conductors and insulators in science.

The children used electricity kits to find materials in the classroom that conduct electricity and those that insulate.

Using straws and blutac, children made skeletons of 3D shapes to help them to understand their properties. They used their models to help them to sort shapes according to the number of faces, edges and vertices.

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Division has featured widely this week in our morning maths lesson. The children have been using the bus stop method to divide TU and HTU numbers.  They are beginning to realise the importance of knowing their times tables!

 

 

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During our guided reading sessions this week, one of the reading groups read an extract from a book entitled The Ghost Ship.  This led to a discussion about how the story could unfold and a suggestion from the group that they could write the ending.  The idea caught on with the rest of the class and as a result many children produced really imaginative writing.  Their ideas were great.  I have been quite amazed by the interest that this simple story extract produced.  Look out for your child’s story this next week during parent meetings.

School Council – Elections are to be held during next week to select class School Councillors. Children are invited to prepare a short presentation explaining why they think class members should vote for them to represent Year 4 on the School Council.  This is optional, but if children would like to be considered, the presentations and election will be held on Tuesday 18th October.

 

Homework – Maths Symmetry in shapes/mymaths.  I have explained to the children that mymaths homework should be carried out after they have had the opportunity to use the online lessons.  These lessons prepare the children for the homework task.

Next week:

  • Editing our stories – concentrating on the use of paragraphs.
  • Perimeter and area
  • Using prefixes and suffixes to extend root words
  • School Council elections
  • Parent meetings
  • Halloween disco (see flyer at top of page)

6th October.

I am very impressed with everyone this week.  More and more children are beginning to show how neat they can be in their presentation and have been rewarded by being given a pen to write with in school.  I have more to give out so keep going.  Keep it neat and impress me!

Some of the letters that the children have written to the staff at Barnstondale are now finished and are ready to be sent.  I know that Barnstondale staff appreciate the children writing to them.  In fact last year, part of one of the letters was copied and used in their advertising flyer.  I will photograph them and upload to this page within the next few days.

This week we have been investigating shapes.  Children have been working together to solve problems. These activities have involved cooperative working, reasoning, sorting and discussing their ideas.  The children have used the working wall displays wisely to help them in their investigations.  The mymaths homework set for this week reflects this.  Some children came up with some interesting questions as a result of their investigations:

  • What is a polygon?
  • What is a 9 sided shape called?

They all now know.  Ask them to tell you.

 

I discussed with the children this week how they learn their spellings.  The majority said that their families help them which is brilliant, thank you.  I shared some ways that they could try independently as well.  One of the ways, that seems to have captured their imagination, is using different pens and fonts to write any words that they are unsure of.  Some children have brought examples of this from home and many have asked could they do it in Golden time.  Here are some images from the learning wall.

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Homework for this week homework-shape-6-10-16 

 

Next week:

Maths – Symmetry in 2D shapes as well as investigating the properties of 3D shapes.

Morning maths – Reviewing division, multiplying by 10/100, times tables, +/- negative numbers.

Science – Investigating conductors and insulators

Writing – Science reports, Using apostrophes.  Using homophones in sentences to develop understanding.

 

 

29th September

We have had a very busy week this week.  There has been so much to talk about having visited Barnstonstondale last week.  The children certainly seemed to have enjoyed their experience.  Their writing about it has been great.  I have noticed that the use of the words ‘are’ and ‘our’ can often get mixed up.  This has become especially evident this week as the children spoke about ‘our group’ and ‘our room’ etc.  Hence the homework this week includes an exercise to help them.  We also have examples of correct use on display in the classroom.

Here are some more photos from Barnstondale

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In maths this week we have been using addition and subtraction skills to solve real life problems.  This requires groups of children to work together cooperatively to find solutions.  It can be quite a challenge but they worked well and enjoyed it.

In Science we have discussed the dangers of electricity and how we can make posters to warn others of the dangers.

Homework for this week – homework-electricity-29-9-16      are-and-our-29-9-16

Next week:

Maths – Identifying 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. Using shapes to work cooperatively and solve problems using reasoning skills.

English – Writing thank you letters to the staff at Barnstondale.

Science – Understanding how to make a complete circuit.  Use of switches and buzzers

 

 

 

25th September

What a fabulous time everyone had at Barnstondale!  The children were very excitable as we left on Thursday morning and absolutely exhausted by the time we arrived home on Friday afternoon.  I expect they slept well on Friday night.  I certainly did!  The instructors commented on how great they were, the best group this year, one of them told me. Well done 4T

Here are some photos of our visit

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I am sure that the children have told you all about their visit.  Activities during the day included rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, team building, problem solving, archery and crossing a stream on a zip wire.  In the evening Mrs Beggs joined us for a sing a long around the camp fire.  Then it was back to the cabin for hot chocolate and a quiz before bedtime.  Everyone was asleep by 10pm and slept well after a busy day of activities.

This week we are going to write thank you letters to the instructors.  We are also going to continue our science topic – electricity.  In maths we will be developing addition skills and using these to solve problems.

More photos to come during the week.

 

 

Wednesday 21st September

Only one day to go before our visit to Barnstondale!!  I hope you are all packed and ready to go.  This week’s homework will be given to the children on Friday when we return. It will mainly involve discussing their time at Barnstondale so being a day later won’t be a problem.  Well done to everyone for doing their first piece of Year 4 homework and handing it in on time.  Keep this up.

Barnstondale photos will appear on this page over the weekend.

Bye for now from the Year 4 team – Mrs Thomas, Mrs Brett and Mr Davies

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Friday 16th September

What a fabulous morning we had at the Cinema in New Brighton today,  Everyone enjoyed the BFG.  It was a brilliant film.  The children were so well behaved.  We were so proud of them.  Well done to all those children who dressed up for the occasion.

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I have given the children their Espresso log ins today.  They can be found at the back of their homework diaries. Please log in to find a range of activities linked to the whole curriculum.  We have been investigating Roald Dahl and his books this week.  There is a whole section dedicated to Roald Dahl on Espresso

Mymaths logins, including individual details, remain the same as last year.

Thank you for attending the new class meetings on Wednesday.  As promised I have attached the information discussed.  welcome-letter

 

Homework this week                         homework-barnstondale-15-9-16

 

Next Week

  • Addition calculations/mental maths/reasoning skills
  • Roald Dahl writing/Guided reading (BFG)
  • Preparations for Barnstondale

Week 1 – Autumn Term

It was great to see everyone this week. The children have been getting to know the year 4 routines and are settling in well.

This Wednesday 14th September, we will be holding our new class meetings.  They are at 3pm and 5pm. The meetings will give families  the opportunity to find out about the expectations for children in year 4 and to meet the staff.  We look forward to seeing as many people as possible.

On Friday 16th September, year 2 to 6 will be visiting the Light Cinema in New Brighton to celebrate Roald Dahl Day.  We will be watching the BFG.  We will be leaving school at 9.30 and returning for lunchtime. Please refer to text from last week for payment details.

We also have Barnstondale to look forward to Thursday 22nd/ Friday 23rd September.   See below for details.

 Barnstondale 2016

Barnstondale is fast approaching!  The children are getting excited and are preparing questions  to ask the year 5 class who went this time last year.

I have attached the information booklet.  This explains what the children need for their visit and what kind of activities they can expect to be doing.

I have also attached the Wirral Local Authority consent form. Parents/families are asked to give medical and contact details for their child on this form.
The form must be completed and returned to school as soon as possible. We are unable to take any child on the visit without school being in receipt of these forms. If any of the details change once you have completed the form then you must let us know as soon as possible.

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 3rd September 2016

Hello to my new Year 4 Class.  I hope that you have had a fabulous summer holiday.

We have such an exciting Autumn Term to look forward to.  Click on the link below to see what is in store.

Autumn Term Map

See you all next week.

 

 

 

New to year 4 July 2016

Welcome to children and families who will be in Year 4 in September.

We had our transition day today.

The children had the opportunity to:

  • talk about expectations in year 4
  • discuss the topics we will cover
  • meet the year 4 team
  • write about what will help them to be successful in terms of classroom displays and resources.

The children also received their homework for the summer holidays.  Details are attached below.                     Keep checking our web page throughout the summer as I will be adding ‘mymaths’, as well as details of the Autumn Term plans.

Every term we study a different author (sometimes more than 1). In the Autumn Term, we will be studying the works of Roald Dahl.  It would be really useful if children could read one or two of his books over the summer so that they can talk about them in September.

Watch out for the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library.  The librarian will be visiting school before the end of term to explain what you need to do.

Summer holiday homework Year 4

1st July

We have almost finished our Romero Britto pictures.  Britto, a Brazilian artist, was influenced by Picasso and Matisse.  The children’s pictures reflect his style but with their own creative interpretation.

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Our Anthony Browne author study is proving very popular. The children have found his interest in gorillas fascinating.  They have started to plan a story based on his famous book ‘Gorilla’ and are planning to write from the gorilla’s point of view.  There have been such fabulous, imaginative ideas so far.  I am looking forward to reading their stories.

Homework for this week

Homework 30.6.16

 

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Pensby Primary School’s Summer Fair 2016
Click on the links below for more information…

 

24th June

This week we said goodbye to Mr Leathers.  As you know, he has been training with us during the year but has finally reached the end of his PGCE course.  Mr Leathers has been a brilliant on so many levels.  Not only has he been an excellent teacher in 4T. but he has earned the respect of the whole school community, both adults and children.  We all wish him success as he takes up his teaching position in Well Lane Primary School in September.  However, we will see Mr Leathers again before the end of term at the Summer Fair next week and on the day before we break up for summer.

During the week we have been:

  • Solving multiplication problems, using factors and vertical written methods.  The children are really understanding why their times tables are so vital to know!  We have also been rounding numbers to 2 decimal places.
  • Developing comprehension skills.  I am extremely pleased with the results of our latest assessments.  The children are using the skills they have developed during our author studies and topic research to answer questions about the text.
  • Writing persuasive arguments for and against zoos.  There was quite a good debate with the class split 50/50.                                                                                                                                                      We used ‘conscience alley’ for every child to voice their opinions.  ‘Conscience Alley‘ or ‘Thought Tunnel’ is a strategy used to explore thoughts.  Pupils could choose which side of the argument they wished to voice.  I then walked between the two lines as each side voiced their thoughts.
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  • Looking at the Brazilian artist Romero Britto.  Using his distinctive style of simple designs, vibrant colours and a multitude of patterns, the children have started to produce some amazing pieces of pop art.  We will continue next week.  Here are 2 of the completed pieces.  More to come next week.

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  • Researching information about the Olympic games using books, tablets, timeline, atlases.

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Next week:

  • Continue Romero Britto artwork
  • Continue finding out about the Olympics and produce a poster
  • Division calculations and problem solving
  • Science – food chains
  • New author – Anthony Browne

Homework for this week – To use map of Olympic games host cities to answer questions.

12th June

This week we have been:

  • Discussing arguments for and against zoos.  We have gathered ideas ready to produce persuasive writing this week.  We worked in groups to gather our thoughts.  We will debate the issue as a class before writing.
  • Researching Brazil ahead of our topic – The Olympic games.  This has involved finding out about the Rainforests by taking notes whilst watching video clips.  We have also found out about the Brazilian flag and what the colours represent.  We will continue this research during the coming week.
  • Consolidating addition and subtraction skills.
  • Using data in maths to answer questions requiring us to think about the mathematics we need to use.  We will carry on this week using timetables to reinforce out understanding of time too.

 

 

Race for Life/Charity Day 2016

To donate, please go to our Just Giving Page by clicking HERE.

You can also view the information letter by clicking HERE.

Evacuation dressing up day 23rd May 2016

Thanks to everyone for entering into the spirit and dressing up as an evacuee for the day.  We sang and performed some role play in assembly. Some children read out their letters.  During the afternoon it was nice enough to go outside for a word search treasure hunt.

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20th May

This week we have been:

  • Writing letters from the point of view of an evacuee. The children have really impressed us yet again. Using their research, video clips, artefacts and discussion, they have tried to imagine what it might be like to be evacuated.

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  • Reading the story of the Ugly Duckling in French – Le vilain petit canard
  • Reviewing our understanding of measures in maths as well as solving problems involving decimals.

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Next week

  • Dressing up as an evacuee for the day on Monday 23rd May – See last week’s page for details.
  • Class photos on Tuesday 24th May
  • Race for life/Charities Day on Friday 27th May. Children may come to school in their sports clothes. They will be competing in the Race for Life in the morning and enjoying the year 6 charity day events in the afternoon. Please try to get as many sponsors as you can and donate using our Just Giving page (see top of page for details)

Homework – Using apostrophes sheet

                  – Preparing costume for evacuation day

Evacuee Day will be Monday 23rd May. 

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The children can dress up as an evacuee for the day.

WORLD WAR TWO EVACUEE COSTUME IDEAS

Boys

Ideas include: dark shorts and long knee high socks or plain trousers or cords. A normal shirt with a knitted jumper, tank top or blazer.

Girls

Ideas include: a blouse and skirt, alternatively a dress. A knitted cardigan or woolly jumper, long knee length socks and traditional style school shoes.

Remember!

In the spirit of make do and mend, slightly large or odd looking clothes are fine. If you get really stuck, normal school uniform with a proper blouse or shirt (rather than a polo shirt) and a knitted jumper or cardigan rather than a sweatshirt will be fine.

 

 

 

 

Friday 13th May

Our evacuation topic is in full swing and the children are loving it.  This week we opened the artefact box that recently arrived from Wirral Library Service.  Inside we found all sorts of interesting items to talk about and handle.

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Ask the children to explain the items to you.  See how much they can remember.

As well as artefacts, we have used books and internet sources to start a fact file about evacuees.  The children have made gas masks (thanks for the pringles boxes) and have started to design posters.

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Homework for this week includes a wordsearch and a sorting activity, all connected to evacuees.  There is also some mymaths homework to reinforce fractions and decimals.

IMPORTANT DATE AMENDMENT – Evacuation dressing up day will now be Monday 23rd May, not Tuesday 24th May

DATES

Monday 23rd May – Evacuee Day.

Tuesday 24th May – Class photos

Friday 27th May – Race for Life/Charities day

Summer Term – Week 3 Monday 9th May

Last week was such a busy week:

  • Looking at the character of Mr. Stink within David Walliams’ popular book and discussing the possible back stories for the character. Lots of imaginative suggestions were given by the children, ask them what their idea was!

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  • During our sound topic we predicted which material would be best to muffle the sound of an alarm clock and conducted an experiment to test our theories, creating a bar chart to display our results.

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Ask the children to explain how we carried out our investigation using the scientific vocabulary that we have been learning.  They can explain the meaning of a fair test.

 

  • Continuing with our evacuation topic, we discussed the Blitz and how it may have felt to be a child at this time.
  • Revising tricky plurals and the common rules for the changes in spelling, such as sheep, loaf and woman.
  • Maths – Continuing with fractions and decimals, focussing on changing fractions into decimals and recognising common decimals such as 0.5, 0.25, 0.75 and 0.1.

This week we will be:

  • Continuing with character studies within Mr. Stink and further exploring comedy within fiction.
  • Continuing Sound topic.
  • Continuing Evacuee topic – We will be making our own gas masks and posters, preparing for our evacuee day on the 24th May! Pringles tubes are required for the masks before Wednesday if at all possible.
  • Maths – Finishing off our decimals topic, focussing upon units of measure.

 

 

 

 

Dates for diary:       

Thursday 12th May – Attendance award treat. Children can bring in a toy or game (No electronic games).  We will also be watching a film of their choice too.

Tuesday 24th May – Evacuation Day. A chance for the children to dress up as an evacuee for the day.  Ideas for costumes to follow.

Summer Term – Week 2 Friday 29th April

28th April

This week we have been:

  • Preparing a story based on a guided reading lesson- Henry’s Freedom box. The children were able to recount the story to me. Ask them about it so they can explain their reading at home. The ideas for their own stories based on capture and escape are really imaginative.
  • Continuing Sound topic – We found out how we hear sounds and the important parts of the ear that make this possible as well as looking at how bats use their hearing to find food.
  • Starting our evacuee topic – We have made our own evacuation tags and discussed how this would have felt. We have also discussed the events of World War 2 and created a timeline.
  • Revising homophones and encouraging their inclusion in writing
  • Maths – Focusing on place value, multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100.

 

Next week we will be:

  • Finishing off our stories and looking at humorous fiction based around David Walliams Mr. Stink and the Billionaire Boy.
  • Continuing Sound topic – Planning and creating an investigation into how to muffle sounds and the best materials for the job.
  • Continuing evacuee topic – We will be focusing specifically on the blitz and how this would have felt for the children.
  • Maths – Converting fractions to decimals.

Summer Term – Week 1 Friday 22nd April

Welcome back to a new term. It has been lovely to see some sunshine at last as we begin our final term in Year 4.  I really cannot believe just how quickly the time is passing!

I have been very impressed with the children’s writing this week. They have applied many aspects of learning that we were focusing on last term.  They have been willing to self and peer  assess their work, resulting in redrafts and amendments.  There have been some good examples of neat handwriting too.

In Maths this week we have been reviewing and consolidating fractions. This has included:

  • identifying equivalent fractions
  • adding and subtracting fractions
  • solving problems involving fractions.

Next week we will use this knowledge to recognise and compare decimals.

We started our new science topic this week too – Sound. This will continue next week.

Thank you to families for the support that you have given to the children in preparation for the Radio Times competition to design the front cover of the magazine to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  We have started working on our designs and will continue next week too.

End of Spring Term

Have a wonderful Spring break.  Hopefully the weather will improve!

Since the children are off for 2 weeks, we have given them some work to keep them going over the holidays.  Times Tables Homework (3)

Check book club too.

Radio Times is running a nationwide competition for children to design the front cover of the magazine to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  You can use any colour, material or technique you like; you can draw, paint or create your entry on your computer. Your design should be eye-catching, imaginative and show what the Queen’s birthday means to you.

Jot down some ideas over the holidays so that we can work on our designs during the first week back.

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Thursday 24th March

 Although this has been a short week, we have packed such a lot in.  We have finished our research on China and have taken some time to look at some of the features of Islam as part of our R.E. curriculum.  We have also used Espresso to review and discuss the Easter Story.

I have not set homework today as I am sure that the children will have plenty to do over the Bank Holiday. If they do want to do anything there is always bug club and my maths.

Thank you to everybody who entered our Easter Egg competition. The eggs were great. I have attached photos below.     The winner in Year 4 was Freddie.

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Such a simple, yet effective, idea.

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Monday 21st March

 

This week the children have been using their division and multiplication skills to solve mathematical problems involving fractions. They have realised that times table knowledge makes these calculations so much easier.  Please continue practising at home. There are many ways to do this:

  • Cheerleader times tables on utube
  • My maths activities
  • Times tables booklets given to children at beginning of the year.

As a result of our visit to the Floral Pavilion to see ‘The Wind in the Willows’, we have started to read the book on bug club as a class.  This forming the basis of our guided reading. Many children now have this on their books shelves.

I have reviewed all the children’s bug club accounts and have tidied up their virtual book shelves. Please encourage them to visit bug club regularly.

Homework – Fractions sheet

 

Friday 11th March

The children had a good time on Tuesday watching ‘The Wind in the Willows.’  We were among an audience of 10 schools at the Floral Pavilion.  The children enjoyed recognising friends from other local schools that they knew.

Bug Club.  I am aware that many children are not accessing their bug club page.  Please encourage them to log on and read. I will be going through their accounts individually with them next week to find out which books they wish to remove and offering them more of a choice in their selection.

The China topic is developing well. The children are finding lots of information from a variety of sources and have started to write their findings to add to our China display.

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Next week we can look forward to:

  • Continuing the China topic.
  • Continuing times tables champion
  • Fractions
  • Easter preparations

 

 

Friday 4th March

It was lovely to see so many parents at our maths meeting this week. I hope you found the information useful and feel in a position to be able to support your children in their calculation homework.

For those unable to attend, I have uploaded my powerpoint to show you what year 4 expectations for calculations look like. A copy of our whole school calculation policy is also attached.

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Calculation Policy 2016

 

This week has flown again. We started a new topic this week –  China.                                                          The children have been busy finding facts about this fascinating country.  They have been working in teams to research information. They have been practising Chinese writing.  Here are a few of the Chinese characters they have been writing.

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Thursday was World Book Day. Some children chose to dress up.  Everyone brought their favourite book.  Some children from year 4 will have the chance to read some of their book in assembly on Monday and explain why they like it.  So don’t forget to bring your books!

 

Next week we can look forward to:

  • Visiting the Floral Pavilion to watch ‘Wind in the Willows’
  • Continuing to discover facts about China.
  • Continuing times tables champion
  • Using times tables to calculate division problems

Homework 3.3.16

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IMPORTANT : Details of our upcoming visit, Please click on this link… Floral Visit

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Friday 26th February

Welcome back to the second half of the spring term. We have had a busy and productive week. The children have enjoyed finding out about Jacqueline Wilson. Their biographies this week were very impressive.

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Investigating suffixes ation and ous

 

Thanks to all parents who attended the parent meetings before and after half term.  I am currently putting the final touches to the interim online reports before they go live on 11 March.  Remember that your individual log ins will be given out at the maths meetings on Tuesday 1st March. Details are on this week’s online newsletter.

Next week we will be:

  • Investigating fractions and decimals.
  • Continuing times tables champion.
  • Starting china topic – looking at culture, geography, art.
  • Story writing.
  • Use of commas.
  • Direct speech.

Homework 26.2.16

Friday 12th February

The ‘Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight’  writing has been a great success this week. The children have worked together to develop their ideas.  The results have been fabulous.

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The writing speaks for itself.  Here is just a sample

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Splendiferous Roald Dahl Scarecrow Festival. This is an event over half term at Tatton Park. See website for details  –  http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/roald-dahl/roald-dahl-at-tatton-park.asp

 

Next half term we are studying Jacqueline Wilson.  Although we have a selection of her books already, the children are welcome to bring some from home to add to our collection.

Well done to Year 4 swimmers.  We have reached the end of our 6 week course and the progress made by all the children has been fantastic.

Homework for half term

We have been talking about internet safety this week. Many thanks for your support with the questionnaire that I sent home.  It is so important that the children talk about this at home and at school.

During the holidays I would like the children to produce an online safety poster. We have discussed this in class.  The sheet provided gives hints to help them with their design.

I will also put more books on bug club.

Please continue to work on times tables. The children know which tables they need to learn.  My maths has some great lessons to support them.

 

Mr Leathers will be returning to Year 4 after half term having successfully completing his KS1 placement.  We are all looking forward to seeing him again.  He will stay with year 4 for the remainder of the year.

 

 

Friday 5th February

We’ve done it again!  We won the attendance award for the third consecutive week!  Well done year 4.

This has been another busy week.  We collected a range of descriptive words in groups, using dictionaries to make sure they were correctly spelt.  We then used Roald Dahl’s technique of combining words to make new ones.  We had fun doing this and produced a list of words to use in our own descriptions.

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We have been considering acts of kindness this week and how we can contribute to a happy and safe classroom environment.  Each child drew around their hand. Then they moved around the room, writing a kind comment on as many hands as possible.  There were lots of smiles as each child read their completed hands.  This prompted a class poem and a kindness display.

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During the final week of this half term, we will be:

  • Continuing our science investigations – evaporation and condensation.
  • Creating an advert for the chocolate bars we have designed.
  • Reviewing written calculations.
  • Practising spellings.
  • Practising times tables.

Homework 4.2.16

Friday 29th January

A big well done to Class 4T this week.  For the second consecutive week, we have won the attendance award.  We now have over 4 wins and so can decide on a treat.  This will be discussed by the children early next week so that we can get our treat in by half term.

We are continuing our Roald Dahl topic. The children have completed their biographies. It is amazing how much they have found out about the author.  Next week we will be looking at the descriptive language he uses as we design and describe our own chocolate bars.

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Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that

change colour every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away

deliciously the moment you put them between your lips. He can make chewing-gum that

never loses its taste, and sugar balloons that you can blow up to enormous sizes before you

pop them with a pin and gobble them up. And, by a most secret method, he can make lovely

blue birds’ eggs with black spots on them, and when you put one of these in your mouth, it

gradually gets smaller and smaller until suddenly there is nothing left except a tiny little pink

sugary baby bird sitting on the tip of your tongue

 Next week, we will also:        

  • Continue spelling work
  • Continue to concentrate on the presentation of work.  The standard of handwriting is stunning in the handwriting lessons.  This needs to be applied to all writing.
  • Investigate condensation in science.
  • Practise times tables.
  • Continue measures in maths – kg/g  ml/l
  • Multiplication calculations and problem solving.
  • Design our own chocolate bar wrappers.

The homework this week  (Measures and Suffix ‘ly’) should be completed and returned to school by Tuesday 2nd February.  I have also put more books on bug club.  Please log on to your account to find them.

 

 

Thursday 21 January

This week’s homework is attached.

Thank you to all families for listening to your children tell their stories in preparation for writing.  This support really paid off.  The stories produced were great and will be soon displayed in the classroom.

Next week, we will be:

  • Concentrating on personal spelling targets.
  • Using our research about Roald Dahl to write a biography.
  • Using Roald Dahl stories for comprehension in guided reading activities.
  • Using punctuation within speech.
  • Practising times tables.
  • Using calculation skills in measurement.
  • Investigating solids, liquids and gases – Changing states (melting, boiling)

Homework 21.1.16

                                  

Thursday 14 January

This week’s homework is attached.

Many thanks to those families able to attend our curriculum meetings this week. I hope you found it useful.  The booklets will be sent home tomorrow for those unable to make it to the meetings.

As explained in the meetings, speaking and listening is a vital part of the curriculum. With this in mind, this week’s homework involves a story telling activity.  This will lead to the children writing their own story early next week.  I will let you know how it goes.

Next week, we will be:

  • Writing our stories
  • Continuing to research this half term’s author – Roald Dahl. Thanks for all the books that have been sent in. Obviously a popular choice!!
  • Extending our use of homophones – there/their     wear/wear/where
  • Practising times tables
  • Reading and plotting coordinates
  • Investigating solids, liquids and gases

Homework 14.1.16

   HAPPY NEW YEAR

                                                  greetings-new-year       The Y4 team hope that you all enjoyed Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year.

We are without Mr Leathers this half term as he is working in another school in our School Direct consortium as part of the requirement of his course.  We wish him well and look forward to his return at half term.

Here are some of the activities we will be doing next week:

  • Times table challenges
  • Handling data and telling the time
  • New science topic – States of Matter
  • Continuing author study – Roald Dahl.  We will continue to find out about his life.  We have started our research already and will share our findings using networking techniques.
  • Prefixes – in,im, ir, il
  • Apostrophes (to show possession)

Homework 7/1/16 – Handling Data sheet

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 30th November

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Last week we completed the artwork for our Vikings topic. We used a variety of painting techniques to produce Viking shields. We also made Viking helmets using card, masking tape and paint.

Our artwork is displayed in our classroom.

The children in Year 4 are becoming extremely good at learning their times tables. Many thanks to families for supporting them in this area. We have been using songs to help us remember 3, 6, 8 times tables.

As we approach December, the Christmas activities begin. We will be making cards, calendars and decorations over the next few weeks. Other activities include:

Spellings – children know their target words they need to learn.

Handwriting – This is getting so impressive! The classroom handwriting competition starts this week.

Times tables – 6x tables challenge

Christmas Carol Service – Yr 4 are learning ‘It was on a starry night’ and ‘While shepherds watch their flocks by night’ Remember to keep practising.

Year 5 VE Day celebrations – We will be making bunting to decorate the corridor as we join Year 5 for their celebrations. (See attached letter)

Film night – Thursday 3rd December

Year 5 VE Day celebrations

Week beginning 16th November

Homework 20.11.15

We have been researching the Vikings – finding out where they came from and where they settled.  Using books and online resources, we have been discovering how Vikings lived, what their homes were like and what jobs they did.  Homework this week includes a Viking word search to reinforce new vocabulary.

Homework 13.11.15

Week beginning 9th November

Homework 5.11.15

We are enjoying our new science topic.                                                                                                           The children are becoming extremely knowledgeable about using bulbs, switches, batteries and buzzers to make complete circuits. The kits that we have borrowed from CLC have encouraged them to work together to investigate how to dim light bulbs, use a buzzer, make a siren and even create music!

Here are some photos of the children working with the kits.

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Year 4 visit to Barnstondale.  The children had a great time during our residential visit.   Here are some of their comments:

I was scared at first but the instructors were brilliant and made me feel safe.

Rock climbing was the most exciting activity ever.

It made me feel confident.  I loved staying overnight.

It was brilliant.  I wish I could go again.

I hadn’t done any of the activities before but now I am quite good at them.

It was great to stay over with my friends and teachers.

I am happy that I got the chance to do something new.   

I would recommend this visit to the next year 4 class.

Here are some of our photos

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Please click the link below to view our Halloween Disco Flyer…

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Week beginning 28th September 2015

We have a very exciting week ahead!

The children had the opportunity last week to question a group of  year 5 children about their visit to Barnstondale last year.  This week they will be writing about what they are looking to, what challenges they think they will meet and how they feel about the visit.

As well as preparing for Barnstondale, we will be continuing our science topic about teeth

Homework for 29/9/15 –     Homework 29.9.15

 

 

Homework for 22/9/15 Homework

I hope you have had the opportunity to log into bug club.  The children are very excited about it.  More books will be added this week.

We are beginning to plan our visit to Barnstondale.  The children will be gathering questions from their discussions with you (homework).  We have invited some year 5 children, who enjoyed the visit last year, to answer the questions.

Year 4 – Welcome to a new school year.

We have had a great start to the year and have really settled into our new routines extremely well.

I would like to thank all those families who came to the Welcome Meetings last Wednesday.  It was lovely to meet everyone and to be able to share so much information.  If you were unable to attend, please come in and collect your child’s pack.

I have attached the welcome letter and Autumn term map as well as this week’s homework.

Our Barnstondale visit is fast approaching!.  I have attached the information booklet.  I will send out more information and consent forms early next week.

Welcome letter

Autumn Term map

Barnstondale information booklet

Homework – Due in 15/9/15 – Grammar sheet (Nouns/Adjectives)  and times table practice grids.

 

Year 4 teaching team

Mrs Thomas – Year 4 teacher/Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Brett – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Somerville – Teaching Assistant

Mr Leathers – Associate Teacher

 

 

Activities in Year 3



Summer Term 2017

There is a link below to the exciting event happening at Heswall  Primary School on Tuesday 27th June which Year 3 will be attending.

Cressida Cowell letter

Please find below the link to the Barnstondale letter for Year 3 children as they start in Year 4

BARNSTONDALE YEAR 4 SEPT 2017

Find out what we have planned for Summer Term 2017 by clicking on the link below.

Summer term 2017

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The week finished with the school talent contest. Our representatives are below and we were thrilled that the overall winner was our very own ‘Billy Elliot’.

Homework Activity – Thursday 22nd June
This week we have made clocks in school using Roman numerals. For homework please complete the Roman time worksheet. For each clock face draw on a time and then next to it write the time in words and digitally. Ask a grown up in your house to help you to work out each time if you need to. Extra team points will be given if you remember the difference between the length of the two hands and if you choose different, challenging times for each clock.

At the beginning of the week children worked on money problems and applied their skills practically, buying and selling items and giving the correct change.

In French it was quite staggering how many pets this class has in total!

The rest of the week has had an art focus, inspired by our Roman topic.

Items have been made ready for a costume parade in assembly on Friday.

Mosaics have been designed and started.

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All the photos below show the highlight of our week. A great day enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Homework Activity – Thursday 15th June
Yesterday we went on our school trip to find out all about the Romans in Chester. It was a fantastic day with lots of fun activities and the whole class were impeccably behaved throughout. Thank you.

Lots of pictures from the day are on our page on the school website.

For homework please write down, in full sentences, at least 5 things that you learned from this trip.

Next week is ‘Roman Art’ week. If possible could you bring into school an empty toilet roll, plastic ‘takeaway’ type containers and , if you have any, some jewels or sequins. Please don’t go out and buy these things but if you can spare them from home they would be very useful.

 

The sword embedded (but smiling!)

Will he die?

Amphitheatre explanation

Roman legion formations

I can’t hear you!

A frightening soldier

Medals explained

Being archaeologists

Roof building

Making mosaic floors

‘Rot or not’ activity

Smells of the time

Early underfloor heating

A Roman slave

A reluctant archaeologist!

Museum quiz

Building a bridge.

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This week we have started our Roman topic with lots of map work, plotting the position of the Roman Empire on a map of Europe and drawing Roman towns and roads on a map of the UK. We found out that the water between southern Europe and Africa is not the Mersey (!) but the Mediterranean and that everyone has been to the Wirral (some thought they hadn’t!)

Our challenge in maths has been to estimate, not just quantity of objects but also length, weight and capacity which everyone really enjoyed.

Next Wednesday is our class trip to Chester. Please remember a rain coat, full water bottle and a packed lunch which is easy and quick to eat. All rubbish must be brought home in your lunch box so you might be best not bringing yoghurts or anything too messy to eat.

Talent auditions will take place next week, so anything you need must be brought in by Tuesday 13th June.

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We have finished our plant experiments, with some surprising results.

In maths we have filling in missing symbols to make number sentences make sense and continuing number sequences.

Homework Activity – Thursday 25th May
As we are heading towards a holiday there is no specific homework but instead advanced warning of the homework which will need to be ready for Tuesday 12th June. As you will have seen in the school newsletter, we are to have a school talent contest with each class putting forward 1 act. For homework please decide what your talent is. (Everyone has a talent!) We have talked in class that this may be a performance activity like singing, dancing or reading poetry but it may alternatively be a sport, craft or other interest. If you want to perform in the class audition you need to bring everything you need (music / costumes / props) into school by 12th June. For any other talent you need to prepare a very short presentation or bring in an example or photo of your talent.

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Our maths focus has been fractions which we have been representing as bar models to help us to understand them better.

In literacy we have started to watch the animated film ‘Eleanor’s Secret’. It is not a film any of the children are familiar with, so we have been able to use it as an introduction which we will then write our own ending to.

Homework Activity – Thursday 18th May
This week we have been watching a film and predicting what will happen next in the story. Next week our literacy focus will be to review the film. In preparation for this I would like you to review your favourite fictional film or TV programme using the review sheet in your grey homework book.

Remember to keep practising your times tables as some children are not quite as quick at recalling them as they were a few weeks ago. Challenge yourself to know related division facts at speed as well.

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We are continuing to monitor our plant experiments with some interesting results so far. In maths we have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, recapping on types of lines (perpendicular, parallel and intersecting) and drawing pictures with acute, obtuse and right angles.

Homework Activity – Thursday 11th May
We are continuing to work on mixed calculations and times tables in our daily mental maths lesson. Have a go at the dice challenge which you do in daily maths. Remember that some of the totals are easier using your times tables. The numbers rolled with the dice cannot be used more times than they have been rolled. If you roll a number more than twice, roll again to get a different number.

Eg. Numbers rolled 4,4,3,2,1

18 can be made by 4×4 + 2

23 can be made by 4+2=6, 6×4= 24, 24-1=23

If you haven’t got a dice at home, roll the numbers in school and write them down.

 

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A very strange character ‘landed’ in our classroom this week. His/her/its name is Beegu and everyone has very different opinions about who he/she/it is and what his/ her/its story is!

Our homework reinforces the work we have done this week using mixed up operations and remembering what each one means.

Homework Activity – Thursday 4th May
This week in maths we have been doing lots of work on making sure we read questions carefully and carry out the correct operation (+ – x — ). For homework have a go at the questions on your sheet, checking each time exactly what you are being asked to do. You have been given some squared paper to do your homework on so that you can set your work out like you do in school.

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We have started our 2nd experiment to see how well plants do when some of their leaves are removed.

These are petunias. After a couple of weeks hopefully we will start to see how they are getting on. The plants will be kept in the same place and given the same amount of water to make sure it is a ‘fair test’.

Homework Activity – Thursday 27th April
We have been finding out about how plants grow and how to keep them healthy. For homework I would like you to finding out about an unusual plant. It might be one that grows in a distant country or it might just be a plant in your house or garden which has an odd feature!

You can either draw or photograph your plant and then write about why you think it is unusual.

Additional team points will be awarded for the most unusual plants with the strangest of features.

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The new term has started with an introduction to our plant topic. We had a very interesting discussion on what a plant actually is! The experiment illustrating capillary action was less than conclusive but we were able to see some food colouring showing on a few white petals. (The experiment was more conclusive by Tuesday 25th. – See below)

In maths we have been choosing the best methods to complete addition and subtraction calculations.

During French this week we started to learn the names of different fruits through the French version of  ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’.

Homework Activity – Thursday 20th April
This week we have started our science topic on plants. For homework I would like you to write down everything you eat for 1 day and then, on a table, record whether it is from a plant or animal source. If it is from a plant I would then like you to write in another column which part of the plant you have eaten (ie. Root, stem, leaf, seed or fruit).

Remember tables are best drawn using rulers and if they are labelled correctly you can just mark with a neat tick rather than having to write in every box, like the example you were shown in class.

W/C 27-3-17

Our Spring term has finished with another very busy week. The highlight was making hot cross buns that Tesco’s would have been proud of! It was amazing how many homophones (flower/flour, need/knead etc.) we needed to be wary of when we wrote up the recipe. In maths we have been using the greater, lesser and equal signs as well as completing missing number sentences. There is no specific homework over the holidays although everyone is expected to continue to read regularly.

W/C 20-3-17

We finally had a sunny (but bitterly cold) day on Tuesday for our sun dial experiment. During the day we visited the top playground every hour, on the hour to record the position and length of the shadow(pink chalk). Our predictions (in green chalk) generally got more accurate as the day progressed.

Our Mother’s Day silk painting is continuing to progress.

Mother’s Day Poetry

Homework Activity – Thursday 23rd March
As we prepare for Easter your homework is to make a decorated egg. In addition to the usual team points there are prizes to be won!

The only requirements are that you need to be able to tell me how you made it. Help is allowed so long as most of the work is your own.

Reading

Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. It is really important that you continue to read over the Easter holidays as well ,as there will be no other extra homework next week.

W/C 13-3-17

Our fractions work has continued this week with equivalent fractions and ordering of fractions. We used a fraction wall to help us with this work.

We continue to apply mathematical reasoning skills regularly using the ‘Buzz’ maths resources.

In art we are starting to learn how to silk paint, but you’ll have to wait until Mother’s Day to see the finished articles! The same applies to our poetry writing which should lead to a few laughs (and possibly the odd tear).

Homework Activity – Thursday 16th March
In literacy we are reading and writing poetry. For homework I would like you to find, in a book or on the internet, a short poem. Copy it down in your grey homework book and be ready to perform it in front of the class. It can be read but extra team points will be given to anyone who can recite their poem without reading it. It can be a 4 line little ditty, a 3 verse rhyming , serious, humorous …Anything you enjoy.

W/C 6-3-17

In science this week we brainstormed what we thought we knew about night, day, the movement of the earth and the sun before exploring what actually happens. We did this using a lamp as the sun and the children rotating in a circle as the earth.

Our other experiment was to reflect light beams using mirrors which everyone really enjoyed.

Homework – Thursday 9th March
For the last 2 weeks we have been working on fractions in school. There are lots of lovely fraction activities on ‘My Maths’ which I would like you to try at home. The general login and the password are in your homework book. Click on ‘Number’, ‘Fractions’, ‘More Fractions’ (Yr3). Please record in the orange homework book on Thursday to say the work is completed.

W/C 27-2-17

This week (and the next 2 weeks) our maths focus is fractions. The children have responded well to using bar modelling to represent fractions and work out answers to problems.

Our science topic on light is progressing well although we will have to wait for a sunny day to do some of the lessons! This week we measured the size of shadows and found out that as we moved an object closer to a light source the shadow gets bigger.

The highlight of Tuesday was the PTA sponsored pancake toss which was won by Zack and Lucas with each managing an amazing 41 tosses in 1 minute!

With Mrs Williams we have been writing and presenting weather forecasts.

Homework Activity – Thursday 2nd March
We have started a new science topic in school about light and shadows. Look at the ‘Silly Shadows’ picture in your homework book. Write a sentence for each shadow explaining why it is not real. Make sure all your sentences start with capital letters, are correctly punctuated and use a variety of suitable vocabulary.

Reading

Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. Tell a grown up what you have read about in your own words after you have finished reading.

W/C 13/2/17

Over the holidays the children have their normal reading and spellings but there is no written homework however, as we start our ‘Light and shadow’ science topic next week, it would be useful if children could bring in a bright, fully charged torch from home if you have one. The more torches we have the better but please label them with your name.

This week in science we have been exploring the properties of magnets.

In maths we have been learning about perimeter, parallel and perpendicular lines and types of angles (acute / obtuse / right angle).

Below are the ‘2 team point’ pieces of writing from last week. Congratulations to Jensen, Keira, Emily, Orla and Kate.

W/C 6/2/17

This week in maths we are working on division and applying reasoning skills.

Our literacy focus is to apply different sentence structures into an extended piece of writing about a ‘Slopestyle’ ski competition in Aviemore. Some children plan to become world champions in their piece of work whilst others have major mishaps planned! They used their slope design and vocabulary sheet to support them in their independent work.

We also thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Attendance Award’ treat afternoon when we played lots of different party games.

Homework – Thursday 9th February
For the last two weeks our literacy focus has been writing different types of sentences. The homework sheet asks you to show off these skills by writing statements, questions, exclamations and commands.

Reading

It would be wonderful to have a week when every child reads at least 3 times at home. Is this going to be the week?

W/C 30/1/17

Our maths focus has been multiplication using the grid method.

In literacy, through our topic of winter in Scotland, we have been writing lots of different types of sentences. The children have also had a go at designing and making their own ‘Slopestyle’ ski course model which will inspire their writing next week.

Homework – Thursday 2nd February
We are continuing to work on the speed of recall of our times tables in school. It is important that we know them out of sequence, rather than just being able to count in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s etc. This week’s game, ‘Flick it’ should be a fun way to improve these skills at home. Please write in your small homework book to show that the homework has been done.
Reading
When reading at home remember to ask an adult to explain the meaning of any new vocabulary you come across.

W/C 23/1/17

Homework was done to a really high standard this week showing that most children understand how to add and subtract vertically so this week we are concentrating on using these skills in reasoning contexts. This involves the children being able to explain verbally why they know a calculation in right or wrong.

We are still learning about Judaism in Guided Reading and comprehension but our main literacy / topic focus for the next few weeks is Scotland. This week we will be expressing a point of view and having a debate.

To start the topic, map work allowed us to explore the geography of Scotland which is closely linked to this week’s homework.